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The weekend doesn't officially begin tomorrow, but looking through the next few days of music listings I'd suggest getting a jump on making plans now, because there are a ton of good shows happening over the next few days. Tonight Detroit rapper Danny Brown and Internet sensation Kitty (nee Pryde) are at Bottom Lounge, while ex-Smiths guitarist and overall indie icon Johnny Marr's playing Metro, while former Three 6 Mafia member Gangsta Boo's at Reggie's Rock Club. Tomorrow night Chicago rap stalwart Mikkey Halsted performs alongside a DJ set by "Go Crazy" producer Don Cannon at the Shrine, Stax legend Otis Clay sings at City Winery, and the two-night-long metal and hardcore festival The Rumble begins at Cobra Lounge. On Saturday night soul survivor Bettye LaVette plays the Old Town School of Folk Music, Philly soul legend (and mustache icon) John Oates plays the SPACE in Evanston, and adorable pop stars Olly Murs and Carly Rae Jepsen take over the Aragon Ballroom. And on a particularly exciting Sunday evening you can choose between seeing the Lemonheads at Lincoln Hall, psychedelic throwbacks People's Temple at Cobra Lounge, or Japanese metal legends Loudness at Bottom Lounge.
Hit the jump for a couple more standouts.
Update: White Lung has canceled, but the other bands on the bill are still playing. Headliner first, the bill is now Magic Milk, Meat Wave, and Polish Gifts.
Thu 4/25: White Lung at Empty Bottle
The underground rock scene right now is dangerously short on new ideas and compelling personalities, but Vancouver's White Lung has both. Last year's Sorry, says Leor Galil, "treats the traditional fast-loud-short approach of hardcore punk like a rule of thumb, not a commandment," and infuses it with unorthodox influences like black metal and funk. And front woman Mish Way is a fascinatingly feral performer with a sharp intellect she shows off in her side hustle as one of the better cultural critics working right now.
Seeing Ghostface backed up by Adrian Younge's incredibly funky live band was one of my favorite experiences of this year's SXSW, except for the packs of drunk Texan college dudes who couldn't handle seeing Ghost try something new. The atmosphere at this show should be a much more chill environment for Younge to unspool the grimy, retro-soul backdrop to Ghost's lurid revenge fantasy that makes up their recent collaborative album, 12 Reasons to Die.
British band Killing Joke had a sound that refused to obey the rules of any one particular genre, and the impact that they've had on artists since they first roared out of the British punk scene in the late 70s has been equally broad. According to Monica Kendrick, "Artists playing punk, postpunk, grunge, industrial, goth, and metal have all paid them tribute, and rightly so—during their first run in the 70s and 80s, they roared out of speakers in a hundred different directions without ever losing the thread." The reformed and apparently reinvigorated group returns to the Empty Bottle for a two-night stand to promote a long-overdue Singles Collection 1979-2012.
Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin play lo-fi garage pop under the name Bleached, and their sunny, girl-group-influenced sound often inspires comparisons to fellow Angelenos Best Coast. "The problem with those comparisons," says Kevin Warwick, is that "Bethany Cosentino was but a wee pup when Jennifer and Jessie started getting their hands dirty as teenagers." The pair are longtime fixtures on the artsier fringes of the LA punk scene, which is maybe why Bleached delivers their sugar-sweet hooks with a splash of eccentric energy that the more reserved Best Coast can't muster.