Mr. Z
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We survived the polar vortex! For a minute there I didn’t think we were going to. The temps are back in the double digits today, and this weekend they’ll be pushing 40—that’s going to feel like paradise compared to the beginning of this week. The warm-up comes just in time for another busy weekend of live music.

Tonight, San Francisco psych band the Lumerians play a free show at the Owl, and then tomorrow and Saturday we see the annual back-to-back Led Zeppelin 2 shows at House of Blues. All weekend long, Buddy Guy will be performing at his own club, as he does every January, and local institution Cheer-Accident will be playing at the Hideout on Friday.

After the jump you’ll find a handful of other great shows going on this weekend along with some words from Reader writers.

Thu 1/9: Carter Tutti at Metro

Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, two members of the pioneering industrial group Throbbing Gristle, have been playing as a duo since their band’s first demise in 1981. Tonight at Metro they’ll be playing a set of their best 80s work. Monica Kendrick says, “Until the turn of the millennium, the duo now calling itself Carter Tutti was known as Chris & Cosey, and nomenclature aside it’s been the most stable unit to emerge from the maelstrom of Throbbing Gristle. The same two people—Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti—have in fact performed under several names, including CTI and Conspiracy International. For more than 30 years, they’ve had pride of place in industrial and metaphysical electronica, collaborating with a wide variety of artists and occasionally coming back to flirt with old Throbbing Gristle compatriots Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson (who was also one of the pillars of Coil). For this show, they’ll be playing ‘Chris & Cosey’—that is to say, a selection of their greatest 80s cult hits.”

Thu 1/9: Jay Z at United Center

Jay Z, perhaps hip-hop’s biggest star, brings his Magna Carter World Tour to Chicago tonight. “Jay Z has covered a lot of territory in a recording career nearly 20 years long—beginning in grimy east-coast boom-bap and leading to the luxurious futuristic beats of his latest, Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail (Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation)—but his catalog is tied together by his bottomless ambition and inimitable, often breathtaking flow,” writes Miles Raymer. “In the early days Jay Z’s goal was to get out of selling crack and into the music business, and once he conquered the rap world it evolved into a desire to establish himself as a top-tier mainstream pop star and a world-class entrepreneur. Having accomplished that, he’s moved on to proving himself as a serious aesthete, dropping an album full of references to his collection of big-name contemporary art and promoting it using stunts that borrow heavily from the work of performance artist Marina Abramovic.”

Sat 1/11: Jack of Heart at Empty Bottle

Jack of Heart are coming all the way from France, bringing their weirdo garage psych with them. “Just when you think you’re getting a fix on the weirdo garage rock of France’s Jack of Heart, they flip the switch on the fog machine. On 2011’s In Yer Mouth (Born Bad), the back-to-back tunes ‘JOH Jett III’ and ‘Marry Me’ could almost be the Black Lips backing up King Khan, or vice versa (which pretty much already happened in the Almighty Defenders, though they played ‘gospel’). Snotty and soulful, they’ve got sing-along melodies and reckless lo-fi licks—exactly the sort of thing to motivate a guitarist to climb onto an amp and shimmy. But the title track and ‘Howland Skies’ are 60s-era psych-tinted trips, twisty and hazy and heavy on the underwater vocal effects—a different vibe, seemingly from a different group of songwriters,” says Kevin Warwick. This show is also a release party for the new single from locals Radar Eyes.

Sat 1/11: Anthony Pateras at Logan Center for the Arts

Experimental sound artist Anthony Pateras will be performing some of his bizarre compositions at the University of Chicago on Saturday. “Berlin-based Australian artist Anthony Pateras sits atop the nexus of intersecting disciplines, equally at home as a composer and as an improviser—he’s an explorer who moves easily between contemporary classical, experimental rock, noise, and free improv. When he made his Chicago debut a few years ago he presented a rich, bruising computer piece in homage to sound poet Henri Chopin, which he built from rapidly panned samples—prepared piano, vintage analog synthesizer, and his own voice warped and disfigured with an old Revox tape machine,” writes Peter Margasak. “A few evenings later he attended the world-premiere performance of a piece he’d composed for Chicago’s Third Coast Percussion, which featured flutist Tim Munro of Eighth Blackbird. Local experimental-music presenter Lampo is bringing Pateras back to town this weekend for a solo piano concert; though he’s written plenty of music featuring the instrument, I’ve rarely heard him play it. One of the discs in the staggering five-CD box Collected Works 2002-2012 (Immediata) includes two extended solo piano pieces that demand knuckle-bloodying virtuosity, their high-speed two-handed figures dissolving into thunderous waves of broken-glass dissonance.”