Long before the members of Phoenix were generating a major buzz as the hippest French export since Serge Gainsbourg (if not Bridget Bardot), their mentors in the duo Air, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, were making some of the coolest ambient/electronic pop music this side of Brian Eno. Touring in support of their latest album "Love 2," they come to the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 24. AM opens, and tickets are $32 via www.ticketmaster.com, (312) 559-1212.
Indie/underground favorites the Appleseed Cast never disappoint in concert, but on their current tour, they're putting a special twist on things, performing two of their best-known albums, "Low Level Owl, Vol. 1" and "Low Level Owl, Vol. 2," back to back in their entirety. The group performs at the Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St., after openers Dreamend (featuring Ryan Graveface of Graveface Records and Black Moth Super Rainbow) at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15 via TicketWeb.com; call (312) 929-2022 or visit www.bottomlounge.com.