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There have been three major reasons why punk bands have re-formed over the past decade or so: the chance to cash in, the chance for a Big Chill-style reunion, or the chance to finally reap some long-overdue accolades. You could say that all of the above apply to the legendary Slits, who recently reemerged after a quarter century of deep freeze with only two original members--vocalist Ari Up and bassist Tessa Pollitt. The new five-piece lineup, which includes old scenemates Paul Cook and Steve Beresford, made its debut last year with a three-song EP, Revenge of the Killer Slits (S.A.F.), that felt a bit like a glorified jam session, even if you could still sense some of the old life force. Going by reviews of the current tour, it sounds like they're determined to claim a legacy--not necessarily as a groundbreaking feminist band, but for having the prescience to fuse punk and dub before the Clash thought to do it. (Apparently Ari has even been pointing out the "punk" and "dub" parts of each song as they play them.) Coughs play second, in what they're saying really is their last show this time, and the Drastics open; DJ Chuck Wren spins throughout. a 8:30 PM, Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $17, $15 in advance. A


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