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One of the buzziest bands at last week’s CMJ Music Marathon were Toronto-based Sub Pop signees Metz, whose aggressive throwback alt-rock sound had music critics suddenly very interested in abrasive guitars again. They’re playing two shows in Chicago on Saturday: a free afternoon in-store at Permanent Records and a later show at the Empty Bottle that isn’t free but does have a band called Absolutely Free on the bill.

Other highlights this weekend include underground rap idol Del the Funky Homosapien, dancehall titan Mavado, and a synth-pop showcase headlined by Diamond Rings. (Opening is Baathhaus, the subject of this week’s music cover story.) Fans of classic country have to choose between Friday shows by Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, while that same night EDM fans are forced to decide between a Bloody Beetroots-headlined event at the Congress and a neo-dubstep party at the Aragon with Rusko topping the bill.

After the jump, four more live picks for the next few days.