5 concerts to see this week
1. The Luyas Montreal’s enjoyably loopy the Luyas embrace exotic quirk and whimsy—i.e., toy pianos and zithers—without sacrificing atmosphere. Last year's entrancing Animator found middle group between Blonde Redhead and Arcade Fire (whose Sarah Neufeld contributed strings), which is some feat. Julian Lynch opens with sun-drenched psych. Empty Bottle. Jun 20 at 9pm. $10, advance $8.
2. AM & Shawn Lee The Kansas-born, London-based Shawn Lee has made a career flitting from project to project, with L.A.'s AM his latest collaborator. The duo's recent sophomore album La Musique Numérique follows a Beck-ish formula on songs like "Suffer Like Me" and "Automatic": dreamy vocals over synthetic funk. To finish up the sunny batch, the two slip into cool kitsch with a cover of Joe Jackson's "Steppin' Out," busy with cut-and-paste percussion and disco glimmer. Hanging out on the back porch? Here's your jam. Schubas. Jun 21 at 10pm. $15.
3. George Clinton + Cameo Word up! George Clinton is, of course, one of the all-time great founders of funk. Cameo is one of Clinton's many followers. Tonight, they pay tribute to the power of the almighty one, not to mention numerous get-off-your-ass-and-dance hits. It's a great reason to head southwest to the soul-centric Country Club Hills Theater if have not made the trek before. Country Club Hills Theater. Jun 22 at 7pm. $20–$80.
4. Giraffage Like pop radio heard through a thick fog or a neighbor's wall, the chopped and diced tracks of Giraffage spread a schmear of relaxing synthesizer over warped vocals, trap beats and slow R&B grooves. It's the kind of fodder that's been stuffing the Pitchfork main page for a few years, but it's done to great effect. Perhaps that is because 23-year-old Charlie Yin, the brains behind the project, keeps his dream-pop out of the haze and close enough to the legit slow-jams you hear on Sirius's Heart & Soul station. "Undress U" could pass for Keith Sweat, if not for a singer being slowed down into a druggy syrup. The downtempo evening is a perfect cool down coming off Spring Awakening weekend. Schubas. Jun 18 at 9pm. $20, advance $15.
5. Green Music Festival Manchester Orchestra is the only somewhat major name this year, bringing its epic Southern emo. As for the other headliner? Local Talking Heads cover act This Must Be the Band. Hey, it's all about recycling. The ever reliable Americana of Joe Pug and Ha Ha Tonka play Sunday. Neil Young discipleEverest pops in on Saturday. Damen Ave between North Ave and Schiller St. Sat, Sun noon-10pm. $5.
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