Ten albums and 15 years into their career, these guys are still on Dischord, and they’re not even from D.C. (though Baltimore’s close). Never huge stars, they’ve unglamorously built a reputation for subtly gripping, intelligent ferocity, and they’re in fine form on the new Love Is Love–if newly returned bassist Sean Meadows has used up any energy playing in June of 44, it doesn’t show here, and Daniel Higgs and Asa Osborne seem invigorated by their side project work as the Pupils. One of the first U.S. bands to bend punk sounds into arty shapes in a way that didn’t seem particularly derivative of New York (they’re cleaner, tenser, and given to titles like “God’s Will” and “Peace Mountains of Peace”), Lungfish have been held up as pioneers of a handful of fashionable subgenres (math rock, emo) and outlasted a few already. This is their first show in Chicago since 1996. With Taking Pictures and Narrator: Friday, December 5, 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; 773-276-3600. With Red-Eyed Legends, Make Believe, and School Shooter: Saturday, December 6, 8 PM, Fireside Bowl, 2646 W. Fullerton; 773-486-2700.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Antonia Tricarico.