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Snowmine, Nightbox

Thu., Sept. 18, 9 p.m.
Schubas (map)
3159 N. Southport Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-525-2508

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The Mid (map)
306 N. Halsted
West Loop/Fulton Market
phone 312-265-3990

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Beak, Anatomy of Habit, Vukari

Fri., Sept. 19, 9 p.m.

You’re supposed to mellow out as you grow grayer and life beats you into submission, but the members of Chicago instrumental postrock institution the Timeout Drawer formed a metal band called Beak instead. They crank up the volume and with it the rage in their sound, largely by adding vocals. Beak’s new Let Time Begin (Someoddpilot) is still heavy postrock in many respects—the meandering interludes, the omnipresent moodiness, the rapid picking that foreshadows a monstrous crescendo—but when guitarist-vocalist Jon Slusher bellows like he’s struggling to expel the bile that’s eating the pit of his stomach, the tracks become crushing. In one of the defining flourishes on Let Time Begin, “Over the Shelter, the Morning Breaks” (a more post-anything title, there is not) acts as a two-minute-plus instrumental intro to album closer “Fiery They Rose,” showcasing Beak’s proficiency at writing bristling postrock as well as their newly acquired skill at letting it off its leash. —Kevin Warwick $8

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2100 W. Belmont Ave.
Roscoe Village
phone 773-281-4444
Beak, Anatomy of Habit, Vukari

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Fishbone, Run & Punch, Downtown Brown

Fri., Sept. 19, 9 p.m.

Fishbone are six black LA teenagers who combine hard-edged ska with goofy, Spike Jones sound effects for a pretty unique, every-which-way-but-loose music. It congenially reconstructs the feel of a culture gone schizoid, and so it lends itself well to mocking the warring postures of everyone from superpowers ("Party at Ground Zero") to radio stations ("? (Modern Industry)"). —Franklin Soults, 1987

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Martyrs' (map)
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
North Center
phone 773-404-9494

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Lemonheads, Mike Kinsella, Kittyhawk

Fri., Sept. 19, 9 p.m.

The Lemonheads' 1992 album It's a Shame About Ray is a brilliant tangle, with Dando's honeyed voice and pleasantly jangling guitar anchoring songs that brim with fascinating hooks and flourishes but still manage to sound simple and unfussy. It’s rare for an album that so perfectly sums up a particular zeitgeist to age so well. —Miles Raymer, 2009

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Wire (map)
6815 W. Roosevelt
Berwyn

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Pinback, Tera Melos

Fri., Sept. 19, 9 p.m.

The dry, restrained production on the new Summer in Abaddon (Touch and Go) might make another band's songs feel chilly, but Pinback's arrangements are so complex and engaging that I'm actually grateful for the somewhat formal presentation. The clarity makes it possible to sort through all the simultaneous melodies competing for my attention—though in truth I'm just as likely to end up humming one of the catchy drum parts. —J. Niimi, 2004

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

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Ten Years of Hyperdub

Fri., Sept. 19, 10 p.m.

In 2001 producer Steve Goodman (aka Kode9) founded Hyperdub as a London-based online magazine dedicated to electronic music. In 2004 he launched it as a label, releasing his spaced-out dub single “Sine of the Dub,” and within a few years he had put out two albums of Burial’s chilly, supernatural dubstep, cementing the label’s early aesthetic: as he told the Guardian in 2009, “Hyperdub is a mutation of British electronic music, infected by Jamaican soundsystem culture.” (This was well before dubstep became synonymous with skull-cracking bass drops and vanishing attention spans.) Since then Goodman has continued to broaden his label’s horizons, and his latest fixation is the Chicago footwork scene; he released DJ Rashad’s monumental but pop-friendly 2013 album Double Cup, and the forthcoming tenth-anniversary compilation Hyperdub 10.3 (the third of four such releases) includes a cut from local Teklife producer DJ Earl called “Hexgonic Sound.” For a footwork track, Earl’s contribution is downright ambient, with almost no percussion—it’s made up largely of swirling, minimal organ notes. Most of the compilation has a similar vibe; it feels like walking through a cold, dimly lit concrete basement filled with smoke. At least till the last few tracks, anyway—at that point it starts to get glitchy and overdriven, though it stays minimalist, as though someone were playing a wacky Japanese game show on a TV in the next room. Tonight’s Ten Years of Hyperdub show includes Earl’s Teklife buddies DJ Spinn and DJ Taso, London producer Scratcha DVA, and Goodman, whose tune on Hyperdub 10.3, “Pink Sham Pain Down the Drain,” consists mostly of stuttering, filmy synths that remind me of vaporwave and John Carpenter movie scores. —Leor Galil Kode9 headlines; DJ Spinn & DJ Taso and Scratcha DVA open. $18

Primary Nightclub (map)
5 W. Division
Near North

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Afrozep

Fri., Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
Reggie's Music Joint (map)
2105 S. State St.
South Loop
phone 312-949-0120

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SPACE (map)
1245 Chicago Ave.
Evanston
phone 847-492-8860

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Rosemont Theater (map)
5400 N. River Road
Suburbs Northwest
phone 847.671.5100

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Elastic (map)
2830 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Avondale
phone 773-772-3616

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