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Double Dagger, Call Me Lightning, Nones Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Oct. 14, 9 p.m. 2011

Vocalist Nolen Strals and bassist Bruce Willen of Baltimore's Double Dagger run their own two-man design firm, Post Typography, and they've never been shy about repping their day jobs—their band shares its name with an obscure typographic symbol, and their music regularly gets described with a self-imposed genre tag, "graphic-design-core." And unsurprisingly, during the trio's nine-year lifespan their crunchy, noisy postpunk—with jagged mutant bass, pummeling drums, and spirited shouts—has rattled a few art-gallery walls in between pushing around the usual hanging clouds of cigarette smoke in low-ceilinged subterranean show spaces. But it looks like Willen will be hanging up his chunky air-traffic-control headphones and Strals will be getting down from whatever the hell he's climbing on—the band announced last month that they're calling it quits. The obligatory breakup statement reads, in part, "As the band got older and grew and changed, the people in it did too, and our individual lives are pulling us towards other pursuits." That's cool and all, I guess. But Double Dagger's output has been as dynamic and ambitious as ever since they signed to Thrill Jockey in 2009—they've put out the full-length More and the follow-up EP Masks—so it's not like it was time for them to retire before they embarrassed themselves. They've recently finished a few new songs, which they say "will be released posthumously in some format," but this weekend's two Chicago shows—with different sets at each—are your last chance to get that special kind of ringing in your ears. Details on tomorrow night's DIY festivities? Sorry, you'll have to play supersleuth and track those down yourself. —Kevin Warwick Call Me Lightning and Nones open.

Price: $6

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