Friday 4

CLYDE FEDERAL It requires patience, but it’s such a pleasure to watch a local band develop into something special. Clyde Federal made several great leaps last year on two EPs and Best Practices (No Karma), a collection of raw recordings and live bits. Their latest and most polished EP, Piecework (Tight Ship), is mesmerizing, evocative late-night pop with some growl to it; on songs like “Good Cop” they suggest Lou Reed’s better moments, but with a lighter touch. The Ligonaires open. 10 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433, $5 suggested donation. –Monica Kendrick

EARLIMART Productive as this California quintet is, there’s still a certain hesitancy in its music; its fourth full-length, Treble & Tremble (Palm Pictures), practically turns tentativeness into an art form. The songs shimmer quietly in place, stare into the middle distance, and procrastinate with trilling guitar swoops and diffident singing. The sustained mood is almost a rush in itself, though good luck persuading an adrenaline junkie of that. Light FM and the Del Psychos (featuring Reader movie critic J.R. Jones) open. 10 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, $10. –Monica Kendrick

ICY DEMONS The latest art-damaged pop outfit fronted by Bablicon bassist Griffin Rodriguez is far and away his best band. Icy Demons’ debut album, Fight Back! (Cloud Recordings), has the plethora of coloristic detail and overlapping guitar and keyboard lines you’d expect from Rodriguez (aka Blue Hawaii). But Bablicon always sounded like an unruly mess, and this combo arranges its instrumental arsenal to create some semimemorable songs; Rodriguez sings in a falsetto that traces singsongy guitar and keyboard parts, suggesting a more raucous, less lyric Robert Wyatt. The band features drummer Chris Powell (aka Pow Pow) of Philadelphia psych-rockers Need New Body and three guitarists: Matt Schneider (Exciting Trio), Dave McDonnell (Bablicon), who doubles on reeds, and Dave Moyland. Cameos from a raft of local players give the music a slightly orchestral heft. Man Man and Volcano open. 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 800-594-8499, $8. –Peter Margasak

Saturday 5

SLINK MOSS EXPLOSION The Slink Moss Explosion has been perfecting its dark, eerie, spidery take on rockabilly, increasing in skill and power with each record–this is cow-skull bolo tie music at its finest. At this gig the band–led by former Chicagoan Slink Moss, also notable for his work in comics and film–will preview material from its upcoming album Black Fish. Graham Lindsey opens. 9 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433, $5 suggested donation. –Monica Kendrick

ARCHER PREWITT, EARLY DAY MINERS Archer Prewitt is a musician who likes to take his sweet time about things; what his records lack in immediacy they make up for in impressionistic detail. More than once, though, I’ve thought his songs crossed the line between finished and abandoned. He’s fairly focused on his new release, Wilderness (Thrill Jockey), though given the number of instruments he plays on the album–piano, vibes, stylophone, mellotron, and so forth–you still won’t mistake him for a linear thinker. The Indiana-based Early Day Miners, who play second, have a darker, more urgent sensibility, but they’re content to luxuriate in the textures created by two or three guitars clanging together. Chris Brokaw opens. 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 800-594-8499, $10. –Monica Kendrick

YUKO NEXUS6 & MARIKO TAJIRI When I wrote about Yuko Nexus6 back in 1998, she was playing at the Empty Bottle as part of the Asian American Jazz Festival; her electronic music blended playfulness and vicious mechanical noise in a dense, textured way that I hadn’t experienced before and haven’t heard since. Her latest project, Translation of Sightseeing, is a collaboration with visual artist Mariko Tajiri that brings video projections of Tajiri’s travel photos into the mix; its resonant abstraction gets as close to a literal performance of the project’s title as I can imagine, and its confusing mashups and swirled-up experiences seem to aim for a direct representation of the process of memory itself. 9 PM, Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee, second floor, 773-342-4597, $6. All ages. –Monica Kendrick

Wednesday 9

ARCANGEL In 1987, when he was ten years old, Arcangel (born Francisco Jose Arcangel Ramos) won a contest singing fandango, a flamenco song form. Since then he has become a dominant presence on the traditional flamenco scene in his native Spain. On his two solo albums he hews close to ancient traditions, but like Pitingo–who kicked off the Flamenco 2005 festival late last month–Arcangel has a bittersweet voice, lingering in its upper range rather than trawling through more guttural depths. He’s capable of vocal fireworks but generally puts more emphasis on honeyed melismata than high-flying crescendos. This performance with guitarist Alfredo Lagos marks his Chicago debut. 7 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630. Free. All ages. –Peter Margasak

CHINGY The title of Chingy’s 2003 debut, Jackpot, accurately predicted the mainstream success the Saint Louis rapper now enjoys–his thick, twangy drawl made dopey tracks like “Right Thurr” and “Holidae In” hard to resist. Chingy’s newfound riches are topic A on his sleepy follow-up, Powerballin’ (Capitol), but the novelty of his voice has worn off and his formulaic celebrations of bling don’t come close to compensating. Plus, quality control’s definitely failed when we get rhymes like “I like ’em black, white, Puerto Rican, or Haitian / Like Japanese, Chinese, or even Asian.” Rennessey opens. 9 PM, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212, $25 in advance, $27.50 at the door, 18+. –Peter Margasak

Thursday 10

MOSQUITOS On this New York trio’s 2003 debut, everything that’s cheap and listless about loungey indie pop melded with everything that’s overly precious and flittery in Brazilian pop–ugh. But their second album, Sunshine Barato (Bar/None), goes down so smoothly that I gave the first another listen and wondered why I resisted–it’s so sweet, light, and unfilling that disliking it is as pointless as disliking a summer breeze. 8 PM, HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo, 312-362-9707, $10, $8 students. –Monica Kendrick