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This weekend: the Vaselines, Windy & Carl

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Best known in the States for the fact that Kurt Cobain reinterpreted their song "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam" (itself a reworking of the traditional "I'll Be a Sunbeam") on "MTV Unplugged in New York," Eugene Kelly, Frances McKee and their Scottish indie-rock band the Vaselines were one of the great under-appreciated gems of the '90s music scene. With Sub Pop Records celebrating their catalog via the new collection "Enter the Vaselines," the group has reformed for a tour that is certain to be an event. Chicago ork-popsters the 1900s open at Metro, 3730 N. Clark, at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 16. The cover is $20; call (773) 549-4140 or visit

The long-running but consistently rewarding ambient/psychedelic shoegaze duo Windy & Carl released their most recent album "Songs for the Broken Hearted" on Chicago's Kranky Records last fall. They don't tour often, but the Michigan musicians never fail to create aglorious evening of tranced-out bliss whenever they do. They perform with Green Pasture Happiness and Al Niente at the Mopery, 2734 N. Milwaukee, starting at 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 19. Visit for more info.

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