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This Weekend In Music: Three To See

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 8, 2013 7:00PM

Holy Ghost! plays Metro on Saturday night

Wooden Shjips at The Empty Bottle
On Back To Land—which will be released next week—Wooden Shjips continue to lay on thick waves of guitar over crooning organs and steady drums. It's a blast from the past, to be sure, but sometimes it's nice to just lay back and let the sound weigh down your eyelids and cause you to gently sway under its rhythms. Lose yourself in their swirl when they play tonight at the Empty Bottle, and snag a copy of the album early since this is also their CD release show.

Friday, November 8, at Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 9:30 p.m., $12, 21+

Holy Ghost! at Metro
Holy Ghost! are solidly dependable and churn out timeless electro-pop of a consistent quality. Don't take that as a dig; in a genre where it is all too easy to fade into the wallpaper this duo releases album after album of tunes that stand out from the crowd without having to resort to cliche tactics. On Dynamics the band repeats their formula of simply writing solid jams and their appearance at Metro tomorrow night should be a crowd-pleasing, sweat-drenched dance party.

Saturday, November 9, at Metro, 3730 N Clark, 9 p.m., $16, 18+

John Legend at The Chicago Theatre
Didn't see that one coming from us, did you? Legend seems to have been banished from the world of cool to the land of adult contemporary. Given the man's velvet pipes and timeless grooves, we can't figure out just why that is, aside from perhaps overly slick production values. Legend is actually a terrific songwriter and gifted performer and while it may be difficult to get down in the aisles of the Chicago Theatre on Sunday night, there's sure to be plenty of making out in the seats. I mean, this string of dates is called the "Made to Love Tour" fer chrissakes! Also, did we mention he wrote and sang our favorite holiday song of the last twenty years?

Sunday, November 10, at The chicago Theatre, 175 N State, 7:30 p.m, $49.50 - $79.50, all ages