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Decent Days and Nights

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 16, 2007 5:25PM

It's way too nice outside to be sitting there staring at a computer screen, so let's get this done quickly, all right?

2007_04_soulwax.jpgTonight's Klaxons show at Schubas is super-duper sold-out. Even those of us lucky enough to score a spot on the guest list stand a good chance of being left outside crying, so we hope everyone got a chance to see them play yesterday (and if you did, how was it?). Even if you can't get in to see them play live, you CAN still see them DJ after the show since they will be retiring to the upstairs space at Schubas to provide the soundtrack to keep your happy feet a wigglin' late into the night.
Schubas, tonight, 8:30 p.m., downstairs show sold out, no cover for the upstairs afterparty, 21+

Flosstradamus returns to Subterranean for their monthly residency, and while we love the Floss boys we're more excited to see just what the hell Nick Catchdubs is going to pull out of his pocket. If anyone can go head to head with our Chicago boys when it comes to getting a dance floor moving with unexpected cuts that never fail to satisfy, it's Catchdubs.
Subterranean, Wednesday, 9:00 p.m., $5, 18+

Friday is a clusterfuck with three really good shows that makes Chicagoist wish we could clone ourselves. Andrew Bird celebrates the release of his new album of smart pop tunes, and while we've always appreciated his talents this is the first disc of his we can say we truly dig. Across town the Kaiser Chiefs are appearing to support their latest album. Last year they were one band whose album we enjoyed, but weren't really blown away until we saw them at Double Door, where they put on a spectacular and lively performance. The well crafted pop on their albums transforms into ebullient rallying cries on the stage. And, in Wicker Park, Art Brut will be playing a show showcasing tracks off their upcoming sophomore album dropping in June. Oh wait, that Art Brut show is sold out. Yay! One less hard choice for us to make!
Andrew Bird, Riviera, Friday, 7:00 p.m., $21.50, all ages
Kaiser Chiefs, The Vic, Friday, 7:30 p.m., $24, all ages

Soulwax were way ahead of the curve when it came to mixing dance and rock, and can be said to be pioneers in the latest phase of the art of the mash-up. Their Chicago stop will feature the duo playing with a full band before switching gears for one of their truly impressive DJ sets. We recommend loading up on the carbs and plenty of H20 before attending.
Metro, Saturday, 9:00 p.m., $15, 18+

Pictured: Soulwax