Quality stuff around the city on Friday:

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The Dead Science

At The Knockout, one of our local favorites, Sholi, takes the stage with their unique brand of indie rock that is at times catchy, at times more experimental, but always excellent. The guys are continuing to work on the full-length album we discussed in this interview and we eagerly await its release. Joining them are past tourmates The Dead Science who don't sound that much like Sholi, but have a similar ability to take songs in experimental directions without losing melody. Rounding out the bill is Little Teeth.

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The Invisible Cities

Over at the Rockit Room, we're excited that indie-poppers The Invisible Cities are playing, emerging from the winter hibernation during which the band worked on songs for their next album. The band is joined by fellow locals Seventeen Evergreen, who head to England in a few weeks for a number of shows. The Society of Rockets and Tiger Saw also play.

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The Chamber Strings
Photo by: Jim Newberry

At Cafe du Nord, it's a night of retro-influenced pop and rock music headed by Chicago's The Chamber Strings. Leader Kevin Junior's struggles in recent years are chronicled in this article from the Guardian, but from the sound of it, he's worked through his demons and focused again on music. Joining The Chamber Strings are Persephone's Bees and The Dilettantes, the new garage-leaning project of Joel Gion from The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

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Bat Rays

At Bottom of the Hill, it's an Anticon showcase headlined by Bat Rays, a project featuring Passage and the bomarr monk. Also on the bill is the instrumenal hip-hop of telephonejimjesus. Collectively, the three individuals have performed as Restiform Bodies and all have contributed to a variety of Anticon projects. Half-Handed Cloud and DJ Odd Nosdam also perform.