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Township (map)
2200-2202 N. California Ave.
Logan Square
phone 773-384-1865

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Mayne Stage (map)
1328 W. Morse Ave.
Rogers Park/West Rogers Park
phone 773-381-4554

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Mimosa, Swindle

Thu., Nov. 20, 9 p.m.

Canceled.

Concord Music Hall (map)
2047 N. Milwaukee
Logan Square
phone 773-570-4000

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Wedding Dress, Dr. Manhattan, Melkbelly

Fri., Nov. 21, 8 p.m.

Erin Elders plays guitar for techy ’n’ tappy local math-pop band Maps & Atlases, and a couple years ago he put together this side project, recruiting members of indie-rock outfits Suns, Joan of Arc, and the Love of Everything. Wedding Dress strips away the tense, proggy shredding of Maps & Atlases in favor of forlorn, mellow, folk-leaning indie pop. This April the group released its gorgeous, sophisticated first single, “Loom” b/w “Heavy Earth,” and it’s also evolved into a tight, pro-gear live act. (Elders no longer tours with Maps & Atlases so he can spend more time on Wedding Dress.) On the first Wedding Dress full-length, the new Desperate Glow (Lovitt), Elders sounds like he’s starting to get bored with delicate indie rock: he does a number on the band’s rich, yearning tunes, chopping them up and layering in fractured drum takes, glitchy electronics, and layers of strings, synths, and vocal harmonies. The resulting collision of beautiful simplicity and unexpected weirdness makes for an exciting, satisfying long player. This show is a release party. —Luca Cimarusti $5

Township (map)
2200-2202 N. California Ave.
Logan Square
phone 773-384-1865
Wedding Dress, Dr. Manhattan, Melkbelly

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James Davis's Beveled

Fri., Nov. 21, 9:30 p.m.

With his newish sextet, Beveled, local trumpeter James Davis flexes his muscles as a composer and arranger—on the band’s self-titled debut, released by Ears & Eyes, his melodies blossom from a calm, restrained aesthetic that recalls chamber music. Paired flugelhorns (Davis and Chad McCullough) and bass clarinets (Mike Salter and Anna Najoom) put flesh and skin on the rhythmic skeletons provided by bassist Dan Thatcher and drummer Juan Pastor, and this unusual instrumentation creates a striking, elegant timbre, like dark polished wood and brass. Beveled plays Davis’s tunes with measured resolve and crisp precision, so that solos emerge from the extended ensemble passages like comets streaking the sky. The music might benefit from a wider range of moods and tempos, but its lapidary beauty and serene composure are lovely to behold. —Peter Margasak $10, $5 in advance

Constellation (map)
3111 N. Western Ave.
Roscoe Village James Davis's Beveled

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Brillz, Snails

Fri., Nov. 21, 8 p.m.
Concord Music Hall (map)
2047 N. Milwaukee
Logan Square
phone 773-570-4000

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the Vic (map)
3145 N. Sheffield Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-472-0449

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Bottom Lounge (map)
1375 W. Lake St.
West Loop/Fulton Market
phone 312-666-6775

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Riviera Theatre (map)
4746 N. Racine Ave.
Uptown
phone 773-275-6800
Fitz & the Tantrums, Big Data

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Run the Jewels, Ratking, Despot, David Ruffin Theory

Sat., Nov. 22, 9 p.m.

The new Run the Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal) is the kind of powerful, instantly gratifying rap record that makes all the other music in your regular rotation feel irrelevant. The duo of dystopian Brooklyn MC-producer El-P and earnest Atlanta rapper Killer Mike proved themselves capable of greatness on their 2013 self-titled debut, which owes its appeal to much more than just their rap-game buddy-cop pairing. But I wasn’t prepared for just how great their follow-up would be, and I’m still not sure I’m done wrapping my head around the pointed, playful, wide-ranging postindustrial rap on Run the Jewels 2. I always seem to get stuck on one song—right now my ears are in the vise grip of the dronelike low-end hum and chattering, chipmunky vocal sample of “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry.” El-P and Killer Mike’s back-and-forth rapping, by turns loping, singsong, swarming, and aggressive, has enough character and color just as sound that it took me several listens to digest their lyrics—lines such as “You can all run naked backwards through a field of dicks” might have seemed silly in other hands, but with Run the Jewels silliness is part of the appeal. Their fierceness isn’t any less compelling just because they’re sometimes goofy and endearing. —Leor Galil Run the Jewels also plays at 5:15 PM. sold out

Metro (map)
3730 N. Clark St.
Wrigleyville
phone 773-549-0203
Run the Jewels, Ratking, Despot, David Ruffin Theory

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Mayne Stage (map)
1328 W. Morse Ave.
Rogers Park/West Rogers Park
phone 773-381-4554

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Subterranean (map)
2011 W. North Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-278-6600

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Lavender Country

Sun., Nov. 23, 8 p.m.
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This show has been canceled.

Few got the chance to see the first openly gay country band during its initial run in the 70s, but Lavender Country's 1973 self-titled debut still resonates. Seattle nonprofit Gay Community Social Services pressed 1,000 copies just a handful of years after the Stonewall riots, and Lavender Country remains a remarkable document of a disenfranchised community fighting to persevere. Continue reading >>

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Lincoln Hall (map)
2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-525-2501
Lavender Country

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