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This Weekend In Music: Three To See

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 27, 2013 6:15PM

Jenny Hval plays Sunday at The Empty Bottle. Photo by Karl Edwin Scullin.

Still not sure of what to do this weekend? Here are three music-related ideas to fill your calendar.

Gold Fields at Double Door
A few years ago it was Sweden, but now it seems Australia is lacing its drinking water with psychotropics engineered to amplify the pop center of the brain, resulting in an outpouring of bands devoted to either dance rock or trance inducing psychedelia. Gold Fields practices the former and while their latest album is titled Black Sun the music therein has more in common with disco balls spinning in a sun-infused forest. Listen to "Dark Again" below and we think you'll know what we mean when we say that. Catch the band tonight at Double Door and be prepared to sweat.

Tonight, September 27, at Double Door, 1572 N Milwaukee, 8 p.m., $13, 21+

Jenny Hval at The Empty Bottle
Jenny Hval hails from Norway and constructs minimalist song poems that draw you in with their hypnotic intensity. She delivers her lyrics in a weird amalgam of spoken word, sing-songy little girl lilting and occasional bursts of one woman choir theatrics. A nice example summarizing these strengths can be heard in "Mephisto On The Water" off her new album Innocence Is Kinky. Considering the journey she has to undertake to play the U.S. this is a rare chance to see her build her sonic poems in person in the intimate confines of The Empty Bottle.

Sunday, September 29, at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 7 p.m., $10, 21+

Cody ChesnuTT at Lincoln Hall
What can we say about Cody ChesnuTT that we haven't said before? His Landing On A Hundred was a decade-in-the-making follow-up to his critically lauded debut, and unlike other bands that took forever to release long-awaited follow-ups this on was worth the wait. ChesnuTT is a modern master of soul, but is unafraid to mix in other genres as he pulls from a mental encyclopedia of musical influences. ChesnuTT has been touring more frequently lately, but he's still unpredictable so you never know his next area show will be after playing Sunday at Lincoln Hall.

Sunday, September 29, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln, 8 p.m., $15 advance / $18 doors, 21+