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Saturday Looks Good To Me (And Friday Ain't Too Shabby Either)

By Scott Smith in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 7, 2006 4:30PM

2006_04_babiesrocking.jpgWhen we head out of the Chicagoist offices tonight, we’re totally taking a disco nap. There’s just too much going on this weekend.

First, if you’re not getting enough “playful sex” in your life then allow us to recommend Asobi Seksu. No, it’s not the name of a boner pill, it’s an indie rock band from NYC with a name that’s colloquial Japanese for the above. If you like Sonic Youth but wish they were less weird and more poppy then check out AS at Double Door tonight at 9 p.m.

Brit rockers Hard-Fi continue to their quest for a foothold in America at the Vic tonight. Opening the show will be The Reputation and The Ladies and Gentlemen. The latter will then haul it over to Nite Cap Lounge to headline a show there. They’re like Phil Collins without the Concorde. UPDATE: The Hard-Fi show is cancelled due to their lead singer becoming ill. L&G will still be playing the Nite Cap Lounge.

Though she’s not having a baby with Sufjan Stevens (way to take the punk'ing in style, Pitchfork) Rosie Thomas is dueting on tracks with Mr. Illinoise that will appear on his upcoming odds-and-sods compilation The Avalanche and her own solo release. So it’s only a matter of time before her shows are overrun by grups. See her tonight at Schuba’s and you’re less likely to get hip-checked by a messenger bag.

Finally, DeRo previews the Dresden Dolls late show at Metro tonight, be on the lookout for Strokes in the vicinity and Tributosaurus is invoking Peter Gabriel at Park West.

As for Saturday...

...friend-of-Chicagoist Riviera is quasi-headlining a show at Double Door with Certain Stars.

Lying in States is keeping the indie kids talking thanks to a recent profile in Rolling Stone and their sewage-infused set at the Flameshovel Records showcase at SXSW. They open two shows for Appleseed Cast at Beat Kitchen.

Fulton County Line brings pure, Texan, country music (via Chicago) to Gunther Murphy’s and Gogol Bordello headlines at Metro.

Finally, spend some quality time with your Dad up in Waukegan at the Chicago Gold show, featuring the Buckinghams, the Ides of March and The Cryan’ Shames. If you’re lucky, maybe Pops will tell you about the time Shadows of Knight played his prom at Brother Rice in Mt. Greenwood.