MAVIS STAPLES, BILLY BRAGG
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Brit folker Billy Bragg rolls through town with legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples. Bound together by left-wing activism, this unlikely duo comes together for the Hope, Love, and Justice TourÓwith their combined catalogs, this is not a show not to miss. MARISSA SULLIVAN
GARY NUMAN, MOTOR, ADRIAN H AND THE WOUNDS, DJ GHOULUNATIC
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Met a sexy android on Halloween, but donÍt know where to take it on your first date? Gary Numan performs his breakthrough album, 1979Ís The Pleasure Principle, in its entirety tonight. A celebration of technological disaffection, Principle is one of the most important (and perfect) electro-pop records everÓwell worth leaving your hyperbaric chamber to see. DAVE BOW
KATE NASH, PEGGY SUE
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Has there been a song in recent memory that more accurately captures a deteriorating realtionship than Kate Nash did with her ubiquitous 2007 single "Foundations"? Well, worry not for Nash, she dodged the one-hit wonder stigma and landed a standup dude—perhaps the "much fitter" one referenced in "Foundations"—in Ryan Jarman from Portland-ish band the Cribs. This year's My Best Friend Is You is anchored by the punchy "Do-Wah-Doo" single, and sounds infinitely more comfortable than her breakthrough Made of Bricks LP. Songs like the straightforward "I've Got a Secret" and following track "Mansion Song" would crumble in less capable hands. The latter starts as a dirty spoken word mantra ("I wanna be fucked and then rolled over, 'cause I'm an independent woman of the 21st century") and evolves into a tribal X-Ray Spex tribute. But that pair of songs is a perfect example of the dichotomy offered by Nash: a modern pop star on her own terms. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
The Coathangers, and a link to the complete show listings, after the jump!
THE COATHANGERS, BLOOD BEACH, SONS OF HUNS
(East End, 203 SE Grand) The Coathangers' story is one of stolen drum sets, a rotating set of shrieking voices, and one helluva debut full-length in 2009's Scramble. One of the few recordings to naturally progress from the finer moments of riot grrrl's bratty stomp and stammer, Scramble feels equally at home as a cheeky statement of feminist fury, a soundtrack to a basement dance party, or scoring the band's appearance getting tatted up on LA Ink (really?). Seemingly on tour forever, the Atlanta band has a ferocious live show (the packed house at Dante's during their Scion Garage Fest appearance can attest to that) that will be on display in the intimate underground of East End. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
Complete show listings can be viewed here.