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Tonight, French technical death-metal group Gorod takes over Reggie's Rock Club. Anti-Flag brings its activist punk to Beat Kitchen with openers Swellers, Worship This!, and Hostage Calm. And those looking for a more traditional Memorial Day experience can take in some complimentary barbecue and Virtue Cider at City Winery to the fiddles and banjos of Gangstagrass, the Whistle Pigs, and the Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band.
On Tuesday, Reggie's hosts Kanye's newest production protege, Travi$ Scott, opening for Casey Veggies. Plus Summer Family Love Triangle headlines at Subterranean for a night of psychedelia that includes Red Threads and Cold Country. And Macy Gray plays City Winery on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Read staff recommendations from Soundboard after the jump.
"Your Turn is the second and best album by Ceramic Dog, the knotty rock trio led by guitarist Marc Ribot. The group’s 2008 debut, Party Intellectuals, felt a bit slick and chilly, but the new one—with raw, vibrant production by Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier—is elbow deep in blood and grit, and Ribot sounds his most inspired and concise, even on extended solos," writes Peter Margasak. "Supported by bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Ches Smith, he skips among genres and tropes without sounding at all dilettantish: a sort of punk-blues hijack of 60s rock ('Lies My Body Told Me,' about struggling against the procreative impulse), furiously swinging instrumental surf rock ('Your Turn'), quaint rocksteady ('Ain’t Gonna Let Them Turn Us Around'), early jazz ('The Kid Is Back!'), and even a version of Dave Brubeck’s 'Take Five.'" On Monday in Millennium Park the band opens for Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, and on Tuesday at Constellation it plays a show of its own.
"Mako Sica’s 'Ancestors' opens with echoing guitars and wordless vocals that remind me of Keiji Haino at his most disconsolate. For a moment they swing to the other end of the spectrum with a jaunty instrumental passage—imagine Television jamming on Ben E. King’s 'Stand by Me'—but soon they lapse back into forlorn atmospherics," writes Bill Meyer. "Zelienople’s 'I Think I’ll Join You' starts out eerie, with electronically processed reeds and churchy organ rising from a wash of cymbals, then gets progressively more spacey and remote—it’s as though they were spooked by a sad memory and then got lost in it." Meyer concludes: "Memorial Day celebrations tend to drown out sorrow with jingoism, but if you’re looking for music that respects what loss feels like, this record-release concert is where you need to be."
"Immolation's first album, 1991’s Dawn of Possession, is often considered one of the foundational documents of technical death metal," writes Monica Kendrick. "Their ninth and latest, Kingdom of Conspiracy, is like a knockout punch or a killing blow, finishing the job started by its two predecessors, Shadow in the Light and Majesty in Decay. Immolation have perfected their balance of brutality and sophistication." The band opens for Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death.
Tigers Jaw's "sturdy punk combines the shameless hooks of power pop with lyrics about existential woe and romantic entanglements, pitting washy, soothing keyboards and swooning male-female vocal harmonies against pent-up riffs that sometimes erupt into huge, blissful melodies," writes Leor Galil. "The 2009 slow burner 'Spirit Desire,' which sounds like a Pinkerton B side with a reggaeton beat, has an especially powerful pull, evoking the nervous energy of love—it’s easily one of my favorite songs from the past five years." Unfortunately, three Tigers Jaw members quit in March, making this the last tour for the remaining two members, helped out by "some talented friends."