• Les Rhinocéros

Of the recent Chicago-area bands who’ve found success while their members were still of high school age, the ones that spring to mind have mostly had fairly retro sounds (Redwalls, Smith Westerns), but Les Rhinocéros—an instrumental group from Washington, D.C., who make their Chicago debut on Wednesday at Township—are a whole other can of worms. Last year they released their self-titled debut on John Zorn’s Tzadik label, and in style as well as skill level it sure doesn’t sound like the kind of stuff I’d expect from high schoolers (they’ve graduated since recording it in December 2009). Led by bassist and composer Michael Coltun, Les Rhinocéros mix prog rock with various strains of international music—jacked-up klezmer, West African trance—and emphasizes his concise writing rather than the hollow excess that’s unfortunately typical of prog bands, especially when they’re young.