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Decent Days and Nights

By Scott Smith in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 18, 2006 3:24PM

This week marks the return of Adventures in Modern Music at the Empty Bottle. Arriving on the heels of the World Music Festival, the five-day event celebrates experimental music like the mash-up dance rock of Brazil’s Tetine, blessed-out head trips of France’s Colleen and Trapist’s space rock. A full lineup is available at the Bottle’s website, but don’t forget to see You’re Gonna Miss Me, a documentary at the Siskel Film Center on the fall of Roky Erickson, whose comeback was in full Technicolor glory at this summer’s Intonation Fest. Wednesday – Sunday at Empty Bottle. See the Bottle’s website for times and ticket prices, 21+.

2006_09_goldensmog.jpgThe Jayhawks are dead, long live Golden Smog. Originally formed as a covers-only side project by members of Soul Asylum, Big Star, and (mostly) the Jayhawks, the project’s latest release, Another Fine Day, moves away from alt-country and embraces Kinks-ian power pop. Frequent Smog collaborator Jeff Tweedy isn’t on the bill, but perhaps he’ll stop by if he’s not busy watching the "7th Heaven" season premiere. Tuesday, The Vic, 7:30 p.m., $26, 18+.

Chicagoist is telling anyone who will listen that metal is about to make a big mainstream comeback. The bandwagon still has room so hop aboard for Dragonforce at the Vic. The UK band has sold out tours at home and the Metro in their last appearance here. Their recent album Inhuman Rampage is full of references to the holy trilogy of metal lyrics: fire, darkness and flying to glory on wings of something-or-other. And it is fucking awesome. Wednesday, The Vic, 6:30 p.m., $20, 21+.

Our last Sadies concert was unfortunately marred by one too many pints of Guinness. Though the rest of the evening remains fuzzy, their psychedelic country rock remains lodged in our brains thanks to a blistering live show. Frequently collaborating with artists who make Chicago their home (Jon Langford, Neko Case, Andre Williams), the Toronto-based band arrives here promoting Sadies: In Concert, Volume 1. Saturday, Schuba’s, 11 p.m., $15, 21+.

Also: Danish folk from Teitur on Friday at Double Door, noise-rock from Man Man on Thursday at Logan Square, indie pop from Asobi Seksu at Schuba’s on Friday, and old-school punk from the Vibrators at Beat Kitchen on Sunday.

Decent Days and Nights is an ever-so-brief look at shows in the week ahead that we think are worth noting, for one reason or another. It will run each Monday. Feel free to note your own plans in comments.