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When: Mon., June 8, 7 p.m. 2009

On Art Brut’s first two records, front man Eddie Argos did such a good drunken-dumbass act that it almost concealed the cleverness animating the band’s messy, joyful punk-pop—and thankfully the new Art Brut vs. Satan (Downtown) maintains that delicate balance. The songs rock with the same reckless enthusiasm that they bring to the question of what rock should (or should not) mean; Argos at one point suggests that the record-buying public be barred from voting, then blames the devil for their terrible taste in music. Elsewhere he brings his wit to bear on his own scariest hangovers and most persistent heartaches, and high-voltage hooks collide with perfect shout-along lines like “I fought the floor and the floor won.” Art Brut earned a reputation early on as something of a joke band, but it’s important to remember that this was because they’re actually funny. If that’s not enough to endear these goons to you, consider how much they love Chicago—not only did Argos come out and say it in a 2007 Pitchfork interview, but Art Brut recorded a self-released live album at Schubas in 2005, and now they’re back to play the club five times in a row. U.S. Royalty opens. —Ann Sterzinger

Price: $15, $50 for a five-show pass

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