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Band of Horses, Cold Specks and Erykah Badu Play Chicago

By Jen Sabella | November 26, 2012 12:17pm | Updated on November 26, 2012 12:19pm

CHICAGO — The cold has set in, but it's too soon to hibernate, Chicago. From doo-wop punk at the Empty Bottle to "doom soul" at Schuba's, the city is buzzing with hard-to-define music this week.

Monday, November 26

Canadian garage rock duo King Khan & BBQ Show are bringing their blend of doo-wop and punk to the Empty Bottle Monday night, and you will be "kicking your own ass and face if you miss it," according to the Bottle. Charlotte-based garage-punk band Paint Fumes and the Greek gutter-punks of Bazooka open.

Tuesday, November 27

Eleventh Dream Day was born in a Chicago bar in the early '80s, and, by 1988, they were signed with Atlantic Records. Though the band flew under the radar through the '90s and early-2000s, founding member Rick Rizzo is still indie rocking with and without his band. On Tuesday, Rizzo flies solo at The Hideout.

Thursday, November 29

London-based Cold Specks plays Schuba's Thursday night, bringing her dark, indie-folk to Chicago just in time for winter. Chicago's Esta Vivo opens.

Friday, November 30

Erykah Badu goes undercover at The Mid Friday night as DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown. Badu made her DJ debut last year, and her record collection includes "the newest and oldest hip-hop, classic soul, '80s, rare grooves and a concoction of everything in between." Chicago DJs Zebo, Jon Huang and Eric Williams also spin, so bring your dancing shoes.

Saturday, December 1

Pop punk is not dead, at least not for New Found Glory. The band that thrived along with Blink 182, Saves the Day and Alkaline Trio in the late-'90s to early 2000s can still attract screaming girls, but many of them may now be 30 and hiring baby sitters while reliving their high school years at the Bottom Lounge Saturday night. Story So Far and Seahaven open.

Sunday, December 2

Just months after the release of their fourth studio album, "Mirage Rock," Seattle's Band of Horses plays the Chicago Theater along with critical darlings the Alabama Shakes.