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There's a portal inside a garbage can that leads to Shangri-la via hell, and No Age are hanging out there eating grapes. Or at least that's the only scene I can imagine where this LA duo might make any sense. They get their jazzy swagger from a silly little hi-hat, their scary gutter-punk vibe from the biggest cement-mixer guitar riffs ever, and right when it all starts to click, the bottom drops out and shit gets sadistic. No Age can go from zero to bitch in less than a minute: bumbling clouds of guitar coalesce into anthemic Armageddon fuzz while the drums get booted down the stairs. And when it's all over they leave you like a jewelry-box ballerina, still spinning even after the music stops. This show is part of Adventures in Modern Music (full schedule, page TK); the whole bill, headliner first, is Deerhunter, Daniel Carter with Mike Reed and Ben Vida, No Age, and Jim Becker & Sin Ropas (accompanying the films of Brent Green). a 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $15, $70 for a festival pass. --Liz Armstrong

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