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Best shows to see: Richard Thompson, Juan Wauters

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It's the time of year when there are nonstop shows to see, and the beginning of this week is a perfect example of that. The week starts off with garage-rock party-animal King Khan and his band the Shrines playing at Empty Bottle on Monday night. Reggie's is the place to be on Tuesday, with Black Flag's once-again retooled lineup playing two shows in the Rock Club (an early all-ages "kids show" and a regular full-blast one later on) and Robby Krieger of the legendary Doors playing in the Music Joint. On Wednesday, local dub-reggae band Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub play a free show at the Whistler; and if you're feeling nostalgic, Presidents of the United States of America are playing at House of Blues on Tuesday.

Mon 6/16: Richard Thompson Electric Trio at Pritzker Pavilion

"On one hand you've got Richard Thompson the songwriter, who depicts frustrated love, spilled blood, and rank injustice with lacerating humor and sobering acuity," writes Bill Meyer. "On the other, there's Thompson the guitarist, whose intricate, lilting, harmonically agile acoustic picking and stinging electric leads (which sound like a hybrid of James Burton and a bagpiper) have been astonishing audiences since the late 60s, when he played on the first five albums by long-lived folk-rock combo Fairport Convention, stoking its brief flare of brilliance. Fairport's debut album came out 46 years ago this month, and in the intervening decades Thompson has settled into a sort of reliable craftsmanship as a writer of lyrics—but on his latest album, Electric, his guitar playing still strikes sparks."

Wed 6/18: Juan Wauters at Empty Bottle

Beets front man Juan Wauters is out on the road supporting his solo venture. "The songs on his debut solo album, N.A.P. North American Poetry, are as stripped-down and simple as anything by the Beets, both lyrically and musically," says Kevin Warwick. "But here Wauters acquires a new mystique—picture him in a vintage black-and-white photograph, sitting alone on a bus bench, only his guitar case in tow."

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