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This Weekend In Music: Three To See—Warpaint, SKATERS, Team Spirit, Sweet Cobra

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 28, 2014 6:15PM

Warpaint pulls double duty tonight, playing Metro and then DJing at East Room. Photo by Mia Kirby.

There are a ton of great shows this weekend, so if you're having trouble choosing between them, we have a few suggestions for you.

Warpaint at Metro and East Room
Warpaint's ethereal dreamscapes always put us into a pleasant trance, and on their self-titled latest effort they've created a lush, multi-layered maze of sound we're happy to get lost in. Live, the bass growls and the beats thump loudly, creating an immersive effect that allows the music to physically pulse around you. It should be a great show to lose yourself in, but if you didn't get ticket's to their sold-out Metro show the band is DJing at East Room later tonight, after the show.

Friday, March 28, at Metro, 3730 N Clark, 9 p.m., SOLD OUT, 18+ / at East Room, 2828 W Medill, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m., FREE, 21+

SKATERS and Team Spirit at Bottom Lounge
We didn't really care for SKATERS' earlier material when we first heard it so it was with a bit of a shock that we listened to their debut LP Manhattan and walked away energized and stoked by the contents therein. It's nothing we haven't heard before, there's more than a dash of The Strokes earlier work in there, but it's solid and fun. It appears that even as a still new band they're growing by leaps and bounds as they play together. Team Spirit mines a similar vein of music, all screamy shouty sing-along and handclap anthems, so this should be a pretty energetic affair.

Friday, March 28, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake, 9 p.m., $14, 17+

Sweet Cobra at Empty Bottle
The Chicago quartet's Facebook page cheekily states that their Personal Interests are "Melting faces?" but that's actually what the band is really good at. Sweet Cobra traffics in creating surging slabs of face melting rock, and they are really good at it. We cold go into the sophistication of some of the shifting dynamics to be found in their towering compositions but at the end of the day seeing them live is really just all about getting your face melted off.

Sunday, March 30, at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 8 p.m., $7, 21+