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Two excellent shows are slated for Wednesday night, with Love is Chemicals in the Hemlock Tavern's back den and Form and Fate celebrating the release of their new CD at Bottom of the Hill.

Love is Chemicals is emerging from the studio, where they've been putting the final touches on their follow-up to 2005's self-titled album, to showcase some of their new material before heading up to the Seattle area to play a cluster of shows. Channeling the spirit of such 90s indie icons as Yo La Tengo and Built to Spill, Love is Chemicals features top shelf songwriting, male/female harmonies and just the right ratio of angry to blissful guitar runs. The Passionistas and Spark and Decay will also be on hand. Show begins at 9:30, $6, 21+.

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Across town at the Bottom of the Hill, Form and Fate will alternately jolt and lull its loyal followers with its layerings of epic post-rock and contemplative melodies. Form and Fate's new CD, The Form and Fate of Lakes, will be released on April 10 on Three Ring Records. F&F will lead a bill of equally venerable local acts, including We Be the Echo, Zero Mass and Aim Low Kid. Show begins at 8:30pm, $8, all ages.