What Material Issue was to the alternative-rock explosion in the U.S. in the early'90s, the Godfathers were to Brit Pop in the U.K.: The band arrived on the scene just a bit too early to benefit from all that would follow, though a strong argument can be made that its 1988 album "Birth, School, Work, Death" is at least as good as anything Oasis has ever given us. The group is now in the midst of an extremely finite reunion tour, and it performs its only U.S. gig Saturday night (Feb. 14) at Metro, 3730 N. Clark, after opening sets by Javelinas and the Norwood Park All-Stars starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show; call (773) 549-4140 or visit www.metrochicago.com.
Insanely prolific, wildly chaotic and captivating onstage and gleefully boasting a provocative name they know can't be published in the newspaper, the Toronto art-punk band F---ed Up perversely released what may be the most melodic and accessible record of its career with last year's "The Chemistry of Common Life" on the Matador Records label. The band performs at the AV-Aerie, 2000 W. Fulton, after an opening set by Chronic Seizure starting at 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 14). Tickets are $10 in advance; for more information, visit www.emptybottle.com.