Best shows to see: Dumpster Babies, Wolf Eyes, Coppice

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It's starting to be that time of the year when bands hit the road, and if you wanted to, you could see more than one great show a night. This weekend proves just that, with three days stacked with tons of awesome shows. Japanese post-metal/psych/doom/rock-'n'-roll trio Boris plays two shows at Lincoln Hall; Friday's show is opened by Young Widows and is sold out, but Saturday's show with Pallbearer is still for sale. Canadian noise-rock band Metz, who seem to always be on tour, will also be at Lincoln Hall this weekend, playing on Sunday with the amazing Indiana-based, gothy post-punk act TV Ghost. Local garage duo White Mystery will be celebrating the release of their third LP on Friday night at the Hideout with Austin's A Giant Dog. And Retox, a new hardcore band featuring Justin Pearson of masked grind-core weirdos the Locust plays at Township on Saturday.

And then there are the top show picks from Reader writers on Soundboard. A few great choices this weekend are:

Fri 5/10: Dumpster Babies at Empty Bottle

The local foursome celebrates the release of their debut LP tonight. The band "rambles through tinny garage soaked in canned beer—the kind of rock 'n' roll made fun by the likes of Nobunny and the Black Lips, who'll strip down to their undies onstage or spit loogies straight up and catch them in their mouths," says Kevin Warwick. "Their self-titled debut is party music for hole-in-the-wall dive dwellers: the songs are mostly sloppy rock 'n' roll, barely stitched together by an earnest rhythm section, and every member sings or does backup vocals, which makes for catchy, poppy choruses that inevitably provoke a mass of sweaty drunk dudes to sing along unintelligibly while bumping into one another." Sounds like a good time to me.

Sat 5/11: Wolf Eyes at Empty Bottle

"On the new No Answer: Lower Floors (De Stijl), Michigan miscreants Wolf Eyes have beautifully stratified their bleak, unrelenting noise. It's their first widely available album in four years (the band's roughly 20 other releases during that time have all been highly limited), and like its predecessors it seethes with queasiness and dread," Peter Margasak writes about the harsh noise act. "Wolf Eyes' current lineup consists of longtime core members John Olson and Nate Young plus "Crazy" Jim Baljo, who replaced Mike Connelly last year and contributes precisely deployed coloristic tones to give the tracks an extra vitality. Young's morbid, dreary synthesizer is the dominant element, recalling Throbbing Gristle at their most depressing—much like Young's excellent recent solo work as Regression—but it's Baljo who fills out the spectrum, using gurgling, smeary washes of acidic gunk and old-school industrial thrumming, all of which heightens the music's sense of claustrophobic motion."

Sun 5/12: Coppice at Constellation

"In forestry, coppicing is the practice of cutting back a young tree to a stump but leaving the roots intact so that shoots will sprout from what remains," writes Bill Meyer. "Chicago duo Coppice are similarly ungentle with their music, stripping things down to the essentials in a way that fosters new growth. Joseph Kramer and Noé Cuellar play various electronic devices and air-driven keyboards (pump organ, accordion, shruti box), but on their new cassette, Epoxy (Pilgrim Talk), the chief instrument is the recording technology itself. The album was made with a dual cassette deck modified to record and play back simultaneously, so that the music is reduced to layers of buzzing, fluttering, and wobbling high tones and grinding machine noise." This show is part of Peter Margasak's Frequency Series.

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