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This Weekend In Music: Three To See

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 4, 2013 9:05PM

Photo of Mixtapes from their Facebook page by Ryan Russell

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

Title Fight at Metro
Title Fight is loud, aggressive and in another world might be considered metal if they didn't carry so much Dischord Records DNA in the heart of their sound. Lots of the vocals are shout-y and this lends a sense of urgency to the songs. Not that this music needs to feel any more urgent since each chord sounds like its just tightening the vice on the one to follow; it's just to say that the package comes together nicely to form a unified assault of its way out of the speakers. They have an EP coming out next month and the taste that we've heard so far shows the band slowing down a half a notch, but we suspect most of tonight's show will draw from 2012's Floral Green so expect an all out assault that dosn't let up.

Tonight, Friday, October 4, at Metro, 3730 N Clark, 6:30 p.m., $16, all ages

Mixtapes At Subterranean
Mixtapes are one of those bands that makes you believe in the power of punk rock to simultaneously change lives and have a shitload of fun. The last time we saw them they nearly took our head off as they blew away every expectation we had for their show. How a band this young can churn out so many insanely catchy songs while maintaining the energy level they do during a set still astounds us. On their album you get the mental image of a professional band with male a female vocals trading off in lockstep and you assume the whole thing takes a lot of concentration. When in fact their live delivery is more akin to them being unable to hold in the raw talent that makes the tricky stuff sound so easy.

Saturday, October, at Subterranean, 2011 W North, 5:30 p.m., $12, all ages

Shark? at The Burlington
NYC's Shark? is a high energy combo whose music is the sonic equivalent of a whirlwind ripping apart a garage full of instruments. There's a resurgent trend in bands wanting to keep a hold of a more conventional pop-based melody while kicking the tempos over which they're delivered ever steadily faster. it's like an engine revving ever higher, trying to rattle its frame apart but unable due to the strength of the construction. If CBGB were established nowadays, Shark? could very well serve as its house band as they embody much of the quirkiness of the post-punk era that grew up in that sludgy dive.

Sunday, October 6, at The Burlington, 3524 N Fullerton, 9 p.m., $7, 21+