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When: Sat., Aug. 8, 9 p.m. 2015

Chicago’s prog-slash-avant-pop-slash-kitchen-sink legends Cheer-Accident often get a good deal more respect overseas than here in their native land (which results in some Google Translate reviews on their website that come hilariously closer to encapsulating the band than I ever could). And since they’ve never done much of anything in a predictable way, their version of a new release schedule only seems natural—it’s tailored to themselves and to their audience. For two years now, they’ve operated within a song-a-month subscription service. So though their last conventional release—in a manner of speaking—was 2011’s No Ifs, Ands, or Dogs (Cuneiform), they’ve steadily been producing material at a fairly impressive and demanding pace, especially when you consider that the average Cheer-Accident song has more ideas in it than there are in another band’s entire career. (Because of the service’s pay-what-you-can sliding scale, there’s virtually no other way to get so much fun for so little money.) Also, somewhere along the line bandleader and composer Thymme Jones even found time to record and release last year’s beautifully off-kilter instrumental solo album The Goal of Action Is Contemplation. This rare performance is a send-off for friends and compatriots Guzzlemug, who are playing their last show. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $5

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