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Foxygen, Of Montreal Finish Up Great Weekend of Music in Chicago

By Pete Zimmerman | December 4, 2012 11:57am

CHICAGO —   Chicago’s music scene offers up local and national jam band legends, 90s hip-hop and indie-psychedelic-pop this week.

Tuesday, December 4

Mr. Blotto is a local jam band legend. Luckily, the guys have a Tipsy Tuesday residency at Reggie’s. They will be joined by instrumental rock/jazz band Roostersocks and blues/rock band Ryan Mumby and the 100 Year Rain.

Wednesday, December 5

National headliner Dave Matthews Band tours after the release of their new album "Away From The World." Grammy-winning reggae artist Jimmy Cliff opens at the United Center Wednesday. If you're more hip-hop inclined, head to the House of Blues for Public Enemy.

Thursday, December 6

Township’s Thursday lineup will please local emo and punk rockers. Rockford-based Warren Franklin and the Founding Fathers headline the show, and Chicago-based It’s Just Vanity, Nervous Passenger and emo poppers Dowsing play, too.

Friday, December 7

DJ Shadow pumps the bass at The Mid Friday during his “All Basses Covered Tour.” DJ Intel, Zebo and DJ Moppy also perform.

Sunday, December 9

Los Angeles based Foxygen might be your new favorite band. The duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado manage to combine elements of the classic rock sounds of the Kinks and Rolling Stones and weave them into the contemporary pop style of Ariel Pink to create some of the most original and thrilling music to come out in years. “Make it Known,” a song from Take the Kids Off Broadway, an EP that Foxygen released earlier this year, was the most refreshing song I heard in 2012. Their debut record, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is due out in January. Foxygen is playing a free show at Saki, the terrific record store on Fullerton in Logan Square, at 3 p.m. before heading over to Metro at 6 p.m. to open for newly minted buzz band Wild Belle and the always-entertaining Of Montreal.

Also playing at Saki at 4 p.m. is Chicagoan Angel Olsen, who was just named one of SPIN magazine’s Top 5 New Artists for December. One listen to her angelic voice on her latest record, Half Way Home, and you can see that they made an inspired choice.

Another show of note: Scott Lucas & The Married Men with Purple Apple. Local H’s Scott Lucas plays country music for people who like metal music. 8 p.m. The Hideout.