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Although Fun's current tour is their first ever in the States, they'll probably feel right at home in Chicago. The Helsinki trio are recording their second album, Zu-pa! (due in April on the Finnish indie If Society), with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, and they might as well have recorded their first there, too: Szklarska Poreba (2004) owes a good 95 percent of its chewed-off textures and floor-shattering rhythms to Albini's work with Rapeman and Shellac, as well as former Albini clients like the Jesus Lizard. In song structures Fun draws more on the Fugazi playbook, but the swarm-of-razors guitar in the WTF-titled "I Know Ned Kennedy" and the classic help-I-fell-down-a-well vocals on "Bagpipe" signify the salad days of midwest pigfuck rock like a fedora on a flattop. Gloria Story opens, followed by Unique Chique, Fun, and Quatre Tete; Oh No! Oh My! headlines. a 8 PM, Ronny's, 2101 N. California, 773-235-6591, $7, 21+. --J. Niimi

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