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Later today the city will announce the lineup for 2013 edition of the Downtown Sound series at Pritzker Pavilion. As it was last year, Downtown Sound is one of the DCASE programs that’s remained strong through the rocky transition from the tenure of superlative music programmer Michael Orlove to the current administration. In the months since last year’s programs were organized, the department has wisely rehired two veterans who worked under Orlove, Jack McLarnan and Carlos Tortolero.

The full schedule for the free Monday-night series, which kicks off May 27 with a double bill of the Lee Ranaldo Band and Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, is after the jump. You can also see the schedule for Loops & Variations, a series that haphazardly juggles electronic and contemporary classical music—I still can’t figure out the rationale behind it, but it includes some very exciting events, among them a major concert by International Contemporary Ensemble playing the music of Edgard Varese. Also part of the summer schedule is Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz. The last concert of that series is one for the ages, with drummer Jack DeJohnette leading a quintet including AACM legends Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, and Henry Threadgill.