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Rasputina have never gotten the props they deserve. Bandleader Melora Creager is more than just a tireless advocate for cellos and corsets or a role model for people who want to live in Tim Burton movies--she's exactly the sort of oddball alternate-world-building songwriter, artiste, and polymath who, were she male and her iconography less insistently girly, would surely command the devotion of countless shambling, shaggy-faced hipsters. Fortunately, she doesn't seem to need 'em. Oh Perilous World (Filthy Bonnet) is the sixth album from the group proper (needless to say, Creager's got her own sidelines going), and on it the ladies and dude get topical. Impressionistic and disjointed, with bits of current events woven into the usual off-kilter historical source material, the disc's tall-tale dreamscapes sometimes recall the Mekons--at their best and their worst. (And not just because they're the only two bands I can think of that've name-checked Fletcher Christian.) Creager's not shy about disrupting a groove to follow her own tangents wherever they may lead, whether her declared topic is "Old Yellowcake Breaking News" or "1816, the Year Without a Summer." Jana Hunter opens. a 9 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-478-4408 or 866-468-3401, $15, 18+. --Monica Kendrick

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