Best shows to see: Rhythms of China, White Hills, Matthew De Gennaro, The-Drum | Bleader

Best shows to see: Rhythms of China, White Hills, Matthew De Gennaro, The-Drum

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Doubtless you're still trying to process the significance of the 'N Sync comeback or the Replacements reunion or the Miley Cyrus . . . whatever that was, but Soundboard is gonna try to distract you with live music anyway. Catch these shows this week—that's an order.

Tonight midwestern chopper auteurs Bone Thugs-N-Harmony perform at Double Door, Rabble Rabble plays a free show at the Empty Bottle, and City Winery hosts Violent Femmes drummer Victor DeLorenzo with his new project Nineteen Thirteen, named after the year their cellist's instrument was made. Then on Tuesday, Lamp plays at Subterranean.

On Wednesday, underrated veteran Masta Ace comes to the Shrine, Brooklyn "dhol 'n' brass" party band Red Baraat plays at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Titus Andronicus headlines at Lincoln Hall, and Eighth Blackbird performs at Pritzker with Glenn Kotche and Lesley Flannigan.

More Soundboard picks below.

Mon 8/26: Rhythms of China at Pritzker Pavilion

This free concert of progressive-minded Chinese classical music, presented by Chicago's Chinese Fine Arts Society, includes compositions by Lu Pei, Daniel Lo, Vivian Fung, Lei Liang, Conrad Tao, and Yang Bao Zhi—it should be an educational and engrossing evening for everyone whose experience with Chinese music begins and ends with the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Tue 8/27: White Hills at the House of Blues

Though Brooklyn heavy-psych band White Hills expand their electronic vernacular on new album, So You Are . . . So You'll Be, Peter Margasak writes that they still sound best "delivering fiercely hammering workouts." Fortunately they seem to know this—the opening track is a stab of blustering, crunchy space-rock. The Cult headlines.

Wed 8/28: Matthew De Gennaro at Burlington

"Often it feels like he's meandering," writes Peter Margasak of Michigan stringed-instrument specialist Matthew De Gennaro, "but on Chuang Tzu Motherfucker his tangents feel intimate and communicative, as though you were sitting cozily by the fire listening to him tell stories without words." De Gennaro rarely presents his austere, rustic-sounding music onstage, so this occasion isn't to be taken lightly.

Wed 8/28: The-Drum at the Empty Bottle

On their June album, Contact, Chicago production duo The-Drum stretch their avant-R&B into something more abstract—atmospherics glide wherever the wind blows them, and synth and bass lines rumble in aimless anger. It sounds like what electronic soul might evolve into after an apocalypse. They open for Kit and Jody, two of their frequent collaborators.

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