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When: Sun., April 27, 9 p.m. 2014

Now that Christine McVie has rejoined Fleetwood Mac, it seems disingenuous to act surprised by any rock reunion, but I’m still astonished that Loop is back. That’s because when singer-guitarist Robert Hampson broke up the band in 1991, he also abandoned rock altogether. Main, his next group, quickly steamed away any semblance of song structure in pursuit of a languid, ambient essence; in recent years the former Londoner has moved to Paris, where he’s staged electroacoustic sound diffusions using the 80-speaker Acousmonium of the Group de Recherches Musicales. But during Loop’s five-year run, despite going through several lineups, Hampson managed an impressive fusion, reconciling two strains of rock that had previously seemed incompatible—the monomaniacal groove science of Can and the protopunk caterwaul of the Stooges. Far from a shotgun wedding, this union bound the hypnotic and the heavy tightly together. Loop’s re-formation last year coincides with the reissue of the band’s back catalog, and Hampson’s avowed intention is to give a more positive ending to a project that just sort of fell apart the first time around. So while this is Loop’s first Chicago-area performance since 1990, it’s also supposed to be the last. Hampson will be joined by two 90s members of Loop, guitarist Scott Dowson (also of Main) and bassist Neil Mackay, as well as drummer Wayne Maskell of the Heads and Kandodo. —Bill Meyer

Price: $16

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