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3 shows for the weekend

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RIOT FEST
This week's sixth annual Riot Fest, a citywide punk celebration, blares into the weekend after the opening shot from Naked Raygun with shows at the Congress Theater (Bad Religion headlines tonight, Mighty Mighty Bosstones on Saturday), Subterranean (the Toasters tonight!) and Double Door (catch OFF! on Saturday). But the show to see, if you can secure a ticket, is the Saturday bill at Metro, 3730 N. Clark, featuring another round of the Smoking Popes and the allegedly last Chicago show ever of emo-punk heroes Cap'n Jazz. The band reunited after 15 years earlier this year, but now insists via Facebook and MySpace ("Forget who we are!") that they're wrapping up for good. Music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. Festival info and tickets: riotfest.org.

JP, CHRISSIE & THE FAIRGROUND BOYS
Chrissie Hynde, the babe with the bangs from the Pretenders, has collaborated briefly with numerous names big and small. But it took a handsome Welsh rascal (JP Jones) to nail her down for a full album, her first full-length project outside the Pretenders. The result is JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys, an album's worth of rootsy songs about star-crossed love and cross-generational heartbreak. Concerts have included some intriguing covers (Bon Iver!). Amy Correia opens. 8 p.m. Sunday at Park West, 322 W. Armitage. Tickets: $25, parkwestchicago.com.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN
Scottish indie-rock darlings Belle & Sebastian return stateside for a 14-city tour, supporting a new album, "Write About Love," which is either a cute pun or a job description. If you haven't caught up with them since their enchanting, melancholy beginning, B&S 2010 is remarkably chipper and cheery, worth rekindling the love. 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets: $42.50, ticketmaster.com

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