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This Weekend In Music: Three To See

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 15, 2013 5:00PM

Diarrhea Planet plays Beat Kitchen on Saturday

Cymbals Eat Guitars at Schubas
Cymbals Eat Guitars seem focused on writing songs that you want to hum along with for the sole purpose of tearing them apart and then building them back up as they flow along. This is music created by kids who grew up on latter-era Pavement so there's a bit of that band's lackadaisical lope in their sound, but it's countered by a more taut urgency found in other bands (like Modest Mouse) that weathered the '90s indie underground to surface in the charts. The group has a new album planned for release in 2014 so if you're curious what that will sound like, we're told the band will be previewing some of their new music on this tour.

Friday, November 15, at Schubas, 3159 N Southport, 10 p.m., $14, 18+

Crocodiles at The Empty Bottle
Crocodiles shape-shift their sound from album to album so we're not surprised that their latest, Crimes Of Passion, sees the band cloak their songs in a combination of '60s pop and Madchester beat. While we love their more art-damaged approach to noise in their previous discs, we quite like this new direction as conventional as it may be. There's still a dark subversiveness percolating under these bubbly tunes so despite the chirpy melodies the work as a whole still feels dangerous. There's a bit of the devil beckoning you to draw in close and grow lulled by the music so he can capture your soul in here.

Saturday, November 16, at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 8:30 p.m., $12, 21+

Diarrhea Planet at Beat Kitchen
Diarrhea Planet, despite their name, craft delicious bombs of overdriven guitar rock we fell instantly in love with when we first spun I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams. They fill the stage with a bunch of guitars, gather together a bunch of party anthems and lace it with punk metal abandon. It's possibly one of the most unexpectedly fun LPs to come across our desk this year and we've heard glowing reviews from folks who have seen them in other cities, so as long as you're able to keep your footing while dancing on a beer slicked floor this show should be a blast.

Saturday, November 16, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 9:30 p.m., $10, 17+