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Weedeater, Vukari, Marmora, Dirt Church

Wed., July 9, 7:30 p.m.

Southern boogie and mutant blues inflame [Weedeater's] thick down-tuned riffs, and the album sometimes sounds like a Molly Hatchet LP at 16 RPM. Collins's raspy vocals, meanwhile, make him sound like the kind of guy who loses appendages all the time. The goofy wit on display in album titles like . . . And Justice for Y'all and God Luck and Good Speed hasn't gone anywhere—there are songs called "Turkey Warlock" and "March of the Bipolar Bear"—and even if the gist of it is nothing more nuanced than "We're rednecks and we like drugs" (which was pretty obvious from the get-go), it's gratifying to see somebody take such a jokey approach to this dire-sounding genre. —Monica Kendrick, 2011

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Reggie's Rock Club (map)
2109 S. State St.
Near South Side
phone 312-949-0121
Weedeater, Vukari, Marmora, Dirt Church

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Paul McCartney

Wed., July 9, 8 p.m.

Paul McCartney has arguably been the world’s most famous rock musician for 50 years, and he’s certainly the richest—and that’s just one of the reasons the endless fawning over him gives me the fucking creeps. Everything about the 72-year-old Brit—his eyebrows shaped like McDonald’s arches, the merciless ubiquity of all those silly love songs—makes me want to go “Helter Skelter.” His milquetoast musical gewgaws (have you endured “Penny Lane” lately?) have been rammed into my ears like broken Q-tips over and over for decades. And I can only assume he meant them to sound that way—to be the blandest guy in a band with Ringo Starr, you’ve got to work at it, right? I’ve periodically made my disdain known to members of his vast fan base—infant children, middle-aged white people, and bass players, mostly—and over the years their pleading counterargument, which sounds to me like one of the master’s saccharine refrains, has become so predictable it barely registers. McCartney has had to cancel a string of May and June dates on his Out There tour—partly intended to support last year’s New (Hear Music), his most recent long-playing rice cake—while he recovers from a virus. But by the time his Chicago show rolls around, he should be back to playing his standard 40-song, three-hour-plus sets to arenas jammed with partisans. May God have mercy on their souls. —J.R. Nelson $29.50-$250

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United Center (map)
1901 W. Madison St.
United Center
phone 312-455-4500
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Smart Bar (map)
3730 N. Clark St.
Wrigleyville
phone 773-549-4140

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Alon Goldstein

Wed., July 9, 12:15 p.m.

Piano.

Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center (map)
78 E. Washington St.
Loop
phone 312-744-6630

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SPACE (map)
1245 Chicago Ave.
Evanston
phone 847-492-8860

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Subterranean (map)
2011 W. North Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-278-6600

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Quenchers Saloon (map)
2401 N. Western Ave.
Logan Square
phone 773-276-9730

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City Winery (map)
1200 W. Randolph St.
Near West Side
phone 312-733-9463

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Beat Kitchen (map)
2100 W. Belmont Ave.
Roscoe Village
phone 773-281-4444

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Mutiny (map)
2428 N. Western Ave.
Logan Square
phone 773-486-7774

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Tonic Room (map)
2447 N. Halsted St.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-248-8400

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