One band drew praise from everyone I talked to when I was in Australia–Melbourne’s Dirty Three. The music of this unconventionally configured power trio–electric guitar, violin, drums, and no vocals–includes elegiac meditations, noirish mood pieces, and sulfurous punk outbursts. Determined to avoid being stereotyped, they play in a multitude of composed and improvised styles, but their passion and firm grasp of dynamics prevents them from ever sounding contrived. A Chicago debut. Tuesday, 9 PM, Lounge Ax, 2438 N. Lincoln; 525-6620. BILL MEYER

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo/Dexter Dong Photography.