by Drew Hunt
Arizona natives Giant Giant Sand (formerly just Giant Sand) will perform their latest album, Tucson, in its entirety at the Abbey Pub. A "country-rock opera," the album evokes "beefy rock, Peggy Lee-like ballads, [and] psychedelic cumbias," according to Bill Meyer. The Old Ceremony opens.
Hungry Brain hosts Steampunk 101, an informal academic conference that will feature lectures from appointed steampunk experts Fay Kabian, Joe Mason, and Joe Vorteque.
Christina Pazsitzky, a former cast member of Road Rules: Down Under and current contributor to E!'s Chelsea Lately, performs at the Chicago Improv in Schaumburg.
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