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Andrew Jackson Jihad, Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock, Chumped

Fri., March 27, 6 p.m.

For the last few years, New York upstarts Chumped have been developing their sound in Brooklyn’s sprawling basement scene, and somehow, like a ragtag group of auditory alchemists, they managed to expunge the Hot Topic bombast and rock-radio flippancy of pop-punk’s aughts heyday and reinforce what made the sound so endearing in the first place. In short, the kids did their homework. On their debut LP, Teenage Retirement (Anchorless), Chumped trace pop-punk back to the early 90s, when it occasionally bumped up against indie rock—they indulge in Superchunk’s hearty guitar riffs (“Coffee”), Weezer’s trademark chord progressions (“Anywhere but Here”), and the Get Up Kids’ bittersweet melodies (“Long Division”). Lead singer Anika Pyle holds it all together with her charmingly crass vocals and emotional, self-effacing lyrics. This probably makes the band seem derivative, but Chumped ride their wave of influences towards a balanced, uncommon style. —Drew Hunt $22, $20 in advance

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Metro (map)
3730 N. Clark St.
Wrigleyville
phone 773-549-0203
Andrew Jackson Jihad, Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock, Chumped

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Isabelle Duthoit & Franz Hautzinger

Fri., March 27, 8 p.m.

French clarinetist and vocalist Isabelle Duthoit traffics in extremes, pushing sound to its most febrile and violent or muting it down to a kind of astringent serenity. She opens Kochuu (Creative Sources), her recent collaborative album with bassist Alexander Frangenheim and percussionist Roger Turner, with unholy growls that wouldn’t sound out of place on a death-metal record, but she modulates her husky shouts and swoops in accordance with what her partners produce. Duthoit appears to consider her voice and clarinet inextricably linked tools of expression that achieve the same effects—she might shoot vocalic utterances through her reed instrument or make it flutter, whisper, and whine like a human’s most basic articulation. And she’s found a good partner in Austrian trumpeter Franz Hautzinger, another radical improviser who’s made his reputation shrugging off conventional tone in favor of unpitched columns of air, close-miked valve clacking, and exquisite manipulations of his mouthpiece that forge a subtle variety in timbre. —Peter Margasak $10, $8 students and members

Experimental Sound Studio (map)
5925 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Ravenswood
phone 773-769-1069
Isabelle Duthoit & Franz Hautzinger

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Roscoe Mitchell Quartet

Fri., March 27, 8:30 p.m.

Few musicians are as defiantly forward-looking as Roscoe Mitchell, a steadfast explorer who has rejected nostalgia and contentment for more than five decades and instead remains staunchly focused on developing his own identity. He’s also retained the emphasis on original music that characterized his early days with the AACM, of which he was a founding member. Tonight, however, Mitchell pays tribute to a fellow giant of improvised music, tenor titan Fred Anderson, an AACM cofounder who unlike Mitchell remained in Chicago and passed away at the age of 81 in June of 2010. Anderson maintained a fiercely independent ethos throughout the years, serving as a crucial mentor and supporter of improvised music as the owner of, first, the Birdhouse and, most famously, the Velvet Lounge. Tonight Mitchell presents new arrangements of some of Anderson’s most durable tunes as he leads a quartet with cellist Tomeka Reid, drummer Vincent Davis, and bassist Junius Paul. —Peter Margasak $25

Constellation (map)
3111 N. Western Ave.
Roscoe Village Roscoe Mitchell Quartet

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