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Friday15

ANTELOPE When Antelope plays a show outside the Beltway, let alone multiple shows, it's a big deal. The terminally low-profile Dischord trio has been around for five years, but they've only managed one EP and a single, perhaps because guitarist Justin Moyer was always busy with El Guapo/Supersystem. "Wen Ho Lee," from their self-titled six-song 2003 release, is melodically rich but simple and terse, like Fugazi covering the Adverts. Fugazi bassist Joe Lally, who's about to release a solo album on Dischord, and Hanalei open. 9 PM, South Union Arts, 1352 S. Union, 312-850-1049, $10. All ages. --Jessica Hopper

RAY WYLIE HUBBARD This Texas country-rock vet, an early associate of the 70s outlaw movement, makes music that sounds as grizzled as he looks. On his new album, Snake Farm (Sustain), coproduced by the excellent Austin guitarist Gurf Morlix, he plays seething blues, talk-singing first-person accounts of hard rural living in a thick Texas twang. Hayes Carll opens. 9:30 PM, FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn, 708-788-2118 or 312-559-1212, $15. --Peter Margasak

SERENA-MANEESH The 2005 self-titled debut full-length from this Norwegian band, released in the U.S. last May on PlayLouder/Beggars Banquet, was a transatlantic production--parts of the album were recorded in Boston and in Chicago at Electrical Audio, and Daniel Smith and Sufjan Stevens make cameo appearances. Their sound is a familiar but evergreen web of dreamy pop and twitching noise, with organ, violin, and female vocals drifting over the drones like clouds across a dark red moon. Imagine time reversing itself so that the Velvets were influenced by Sonic Youth and the Brian Jonestown Massacre instead of the other way around. They're a last-minute addition to what's otherwise a World Music Festival show; Otto headlines and Dengue Fever plays second. A complete pullout guide to the fest begins on page 25. 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $10 in advance, $12 at the door. --Monica Kendrick

Saturday 16

PATRICIA BARBER QUARTET When Patricia Barber won a Guggenheim fellowship in 2003, the local star was one of the few jazz musicians--and the first pop songwriter--to receive the prestigious award. She finally previewed Mythologies, a musical adaptation of Ovid's Metamorphoses that the grant helped foster, at the MCA last January, and Blue Note released the studio recording last month. It's an ambitious and often spellbinding 11-part work that reimagines the Roman poet's tales of Greek deities in a modern context, using pop and jazz forms. For her two full-scale performances of it tonight she'll be joined by the core group of musicians who played on the album: saxophonist Jim Gailloreto, Choral Thunder, and her regular band--guitarist Neal Alger, bassist Michael Arnopol, and drummer Eric Montzka. This show is part of the Macy's Day of Music program; see Fairs & Festivals for a complete lineup. 7:15 and 9 PM, Buntrock Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000. All ages. Free. --J. Niimi

SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN Why yes, sometimes I do choose bands to preview based solely on their names--why do you ask? Lots of groups seem to exhaust all their creativity figuring out what to call themselves, but not this Missouri quartet: on their 2005 debut, Broom (which Polyvinyl will rerelease next month), they indulge in a melancholy sweetness that brings to mind the High Llamas and Neutral Milk Hotel, though their songs have midwest-pop humility that those bands lack. Newer tracks I've heard reveal a subtle progression in their sound--a growing confidence conflicting with a shoegazery diffidence. Catfish Haven headlines and Birdmonster opens. 10 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160 or 312-559-1212, $10. --Monica Kendrick

Sunday 17

BLACKFIRE REVELATION A duo at the time, this New Orleans band generated some buzz last year with the EP Gold and Guns on 51 (Fat Possum), which was part electric gutter blues, part churning metal, and part tent revival. Now they're a trio, with a full-time bassist, and judging from recent tracks added to their MySpace page their sound's gone fully metalloid, genus Black Sabbath: grandiose and sludgy, mutated by Marshall-stack toxic waste, but with the blues still in its bones. Good stuff. American Heritage and Elders open. 9:30 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600 or 800-594-8499, $8. --Monica Kendrick

PETER EVANS & DAVID REMINICK On his new album, More Is More (released on Evan Parker's Psi label), New York trumpeter Peter Evans confirms his status as one of the instrument's most radical improvisers. Though his flawless technique has served him well in contemporary classical and jazz contexts--he sounds terrific on the recent eponymous debut by Carnival Skin, playing expansive postbop--on the new disc he explores new methods of using the horn as a sound generator a la Axel Dorner, Greg Kelley, and Mazen Kerbaj while also echoing the brittle lyricism of Wadada Leo Smith. But no matter how extreme his work gets, he never fully abandons the trumpet's essential brassiness, whether he's unleashing high-pitched long tones and abrasive low-end splats, clinking the valves, or subjecting his vocal whinnies to the distortions of the instrument's tubing. He'll perform improvised solos and duets with saxophonist David Reminick at this show, part of a weeklong local series featuring members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. 10 PM, Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont, 773-935-2118, donation requested. --Peter Margasak

Monday 18

KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN Over the last five years or so Boston electronic musician Keith Fullerton Whitman has developed a setup that allows him to combine any of numerous sources--guitar, field recordings, miniature theremins, prerecorded synthesizer improvisations, mikes placed around the performance space, etc--in real time. The system works beautifully on the recent Lisbon (Kranky), a single live 40-minute piece. It begins in a state of meditative calm, as an organlike drone shifts microscopically in tone and pulse. Slowly the drone builds in intensity, embroidered with flickering glitches and crosscutting synth lines, until it's finally disrupted: we seem to hear heavy objects sliding around and crashing in an erratic, percussive din, and more abrasive electronic sounds surge forward. Thanks to Whitman's structural smarts and sense of scale, the controlled flow of the piece renders irrelevant the process that created it. (Via e-mail he promises that tonight's music, however, will be "more pointillist than flowing.") Ben Vida spins. 10 PM, Danny's, 1951 W. Dickens, 773-489-6457. Free. --Peter Margasak

Tuesday 19

GOLDEN SMOG Golden Smog's core lineup--Jeff Tweedy from Wilco, Dan Murphy from Soul Asylum, and Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, and Kraig Johnson, all from the now defunct Jayhawks--remains intact on Another Fine Day (Lost Highway), its first album in eight years. But with Tweedy appearing on fewer than half the album's 15 tunes, the band ultimately feels like a rocked-up version of the Jayhawks; Louris dominates the record, both with his sweet-toned vocals and with his songwriting (he wrote or cowrote most of the tracks). That's not a bad thing: though nothing Golden Smog has done holds a candle to its members' better-known endeavors, Another Fine Day feels like the most substantial of the group's four albums, a casual and unself-conscious exploration of 70s rock verities. For this show Louris, Murphy, Johnson, and Perlman will be joined by keyboardist Fil Krohnengold and drummer Sim Cain, who's fresh off a tour with the resurrected Rollins Band. Former Jayhawks drummer Tim O'Reagan opens. 7:30 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield, 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212, $26, 18+. --Peter Margasak

Wednesday 20

MARK MALLMAN I keep trying to like Minneapolis cult fave Mark Mallman, but then he loads up his blog with sentiments like this one, about a bridesmaid at a wedding he attended: "Her satin tablecloth slightly resembled a dress as she began to whimper about her man in the army." Nice, asshole. Judging from his new album, Between the Devil and Middle C (Badman), I ought to stop trying to like him and just accept him as the sort of prick people love to hate--it's full of look-at-me puns and pop-culture references, rocker-dude misogyny, and penny-dreadful nihilism spinning like cop-car lights above pop songs that ought to be catchier than they really are. But every so often he gets off a pretty cool line like "Persuasion--it's the devil's cheap cologne." Works for me. Buddy Nuisance, Tom Slater, and the Lo-Fi Pioneers open. 8:45 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160 or 312-559-1212, $7. --Monica Kendrick

Thursday 21

HOWLING HEX When you hear that a semi-deranged semi-genius indie-rock legend is coming through town with a multidisciplinary stage revue and not even the people at his record label have a clear idea what it'll involve, I suggest you make the effort to go. Last year's Howling Hex show at the Double Door was a perplexing and occasionally stunning pileup of visual art, short literature about canned beans, and Neil Michael Hagerty's frenetic guitar boogie. Hockey Night opens. 9 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, $10. --Miles Raymer

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