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Shows to see: Daniel Knox, Dead Prez, Windy & Carl, and more

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The U.S. celebrates its birthday on Wednesday, and on Tuesday venerable Berwyn club FitzGerald's provides a soundtrack to the ongoing party with all stripes of American roots music: bluegrass from Special Consensus, the raw honky-tonk of Lydia Loveless, dusky singer-songwriter fare from Chuck Prophet, and the twangy rock of the Waco Brothers, who are joined by Nashville crooner Paul Burch. Naturally, there's not too much music happening on Independence Day proper, but former Chicagoans and underground legends Nautical Almanac—who long ago moved to Baltimore—will give the noise of fireworks a run for its money with a show at Enemy. More options for Monday and Tuesday from this week's Soundboard follow after the jump.

Mon 7/2: Daniel Knox at Pritzker Pavilion
According to Leor Galil, local singer-songwriter Daniel Knox uses his charming voice to weave together all sorts of prerock American music. As he writes in this week's paper, "Listen to the Chicagoan's back catalog and you could easily get the impression that he was born back when musicians lived and died by the Great American Songbook—his songs ricochet from Tin Pan Alley to bebop to Dixieland to lounge." Joan of Arc headlines.

Tue 7/3: Dead Prez at the Shrine
Time has not tempered the radical politics of veteran hip-hop duo Dead Prez. Recalling their performance at the Intonation Music Festival in 2006, Miles Raymer writes, "At one point, after they'd brought a succession of Chicago Black Panther notables onstage, they put on Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick in the Wall' and started into a free-form jeremiad against institutionalized education, which the almost entirely white and probably mostly left-leaning crowd went crazy for—right up until one of the MCs announced that he doesn't let his kids go to school."

Tue 7/3: Windy & Carl at Lincoln Hall
Though the recorded output of Michigan ambient-drone duo Windy & Carl has slowed in recent years, Kevin Warwick assures you that they're still just as good at drawing you into cozy sonic vortex. He describes their new album like so: "We Will Always Be begins with the almost folky 'For Rosa' (a rare track with vocals), but soon settles into a moody, haunting ambience, with overlapping sheets of drone and sparse bass lines dipping in and out of the music. And by the time the mammoth 19-minute closer, 'Fainting in the Presence of the Lord,' rolls around, Windy & Carl's beautiful, whispery waves of sound have morphed into something dark enough to soundtrack a Ridley Scott sci-fi venture." Mahogany headlines.

photo: John Atwood

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