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Monday, April 7, 2014

Best shows to see: Vattnet Viskar, Julie Ruin, Wu Man

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There are a bunch of shows happening during the first half of this week. Tonight there's superloud duo Jucifer at Reggie's Rock Club, and Oshwa is headlining a free show at the Empty Bottle. Country legend Emmylou Harris plays at the Vic on Tuesday night, and Screaming Females, who are on tour opening for Julie Ruin, make a stop at Permanent Records on Wednesday afternoon for a free in-store show.

And from Soundboard . . .

Tue 4/8: Vattnet Viskar at Reggie's Rock Club

Heavy metal band Vattnet Viskar is in town opening for King Parrot. Last year Philip Montoro wrote about their first full-length, Sky Swallower: "The album's gestures are stark, simple, and direct, so that it's heavier and catchier than the [self-titled] EP but without its sprawling wildness; the songs fit together like a suite, punctuated by delicate interludes of glassy guitar whose thoughtfully chosen chords drop like bell strokes into the quiet."

Wed 4/9: Julie Ruin at Lincoln Hall

Le Tigre and Bikini Kill front woman Kathleen Hanna's latest project, Julie Ruin, comes to town this week. "Last September they finally released the triumphant Run Fast (Dischord), a dance-punk record that grooves more organically than her work with Le Tigre—and with a bit more theatrical flair," writes Miley Raymer. "It's easily Hanna's most mature and subtle album to date, but onstage she delivers the same dance-floor-filling revolutionary energy she did 20 years ago."

Wed 4/9: Wu Man at Northwestern University

"Wu Man is a virtuoso of the traditional Chinese lute known as the pipa, and she's mastered its vast, ancient repertoire with grace, empathy, and an unerring ear for pitch and melody," says Peter Margasak. "Her most exciting work, however, has arisen from her efforts to push the instrument in new directions. She's collaborated with the Kronos Quartet and applied the pipa's twangy, brittle sound to contemporary classical pieces by the likes of Lou Harrison and Philip Glass; she connects Chinese traditions to genres as disparate as jazz, British folk, and on the 2012 album Borderlands (Smithsonian Folkways), Uighur, Tajik, and Hui musics from along the Silk Road trade route."

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