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Concertline: Chicago Mixtape, A-Trak, Nick Carter, the Darkness, Frankie Knuckles & more

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A look ahead at shows worth seeing (and hearing) this week ...

CHICAGO MIXTAPE
chimixtapelogo.jpgSpeaking of mixtapes, Chicago Mixtape -- a spirited enterprise that delivers an album of cool new local music to your in-box every week -- is celebrating its one-year anniversary with, of course, a big concert. In that first year, Chicago Mixtape has spread the love of more than 300 bands (from brand newbies to icons like Andrew Bird and the Sea & Cake) and had to move its home-based start-up to a commercial level of service because of the bandwidth demand from more than 250,000 downloads. That means they could use some coin, and this weekend's concert -- featuring talented locals such as Elephant Gun, the Shams Band, Architecture and the Damn Choir, plus an art show -- is a fund-raiser.
Music starts at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Subterranean, 2011 W. North. Tickets: $10. Call (773) 278-6600; subt.net or chicagomixtape.com.

A-TRAK
For a fabulous fleeting moment about a year ago, a dance-pop confection by Duck Sauce, titled "Barbra Streisand," was a viral thrill online. (Now it's in my head again. And I really don't mind.) Duck Sauce is a DJ duo, half of which is headlining the bill of like-minded dancefloor fun this weekend at Chicago's Mayhem party. The show features A-Trak from Duck Sauce, supported by local DJs Gun Love, Trentino and Phenom.
At 10 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Mid, 306 N. Halsted. Tickets: $15-$20. Call (312) 265-3990; themidchicago.com.

FRANKIE KNUCKLES AND MORE
But wait, there's more dance music! The Metro and its lil' buddy Smart Bar are hosting an "all-building event" this weekend with a throbbing lineup of house and dance music. Shake it in both venues: Knuckles -- still entertaining after all these groundbreaking years as Chicago's godfather of house -- headlines Metro ahead of Michael Serafini, DJ Spinn and DJ Rashad, and in Smart Bar it's DJs Slugo, Deeon, Charlie Glitch, Rampage and Maddjazz.
At 10 p.m. Feb. 10 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Tickets: $5 advance, $10 door. Call (800) 514-ETIX; metrochicago.com.

THE DARKNESS
Not quite a year into their reunion, British glam band the Darkness promise that an anticipated third album is coming soon. Their Spinal Tap-meets-Queen camp is back intact and on a bill with Cincinnati's like-minded, fabulous Foxy Shazam. It's a night of shimmering stretch pants for all.
At 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Tickets: $27.50. Call (800) 514-ETIX; metrochicago.com.

NICK CARTER
The former Backstreet Boy is winding down his latest solo tour, promoting a second album before returning to the road with the recent supergroup NKOTBSB (New Kids on the Block with the Backstreet Boys). On Feb. 1, however, Carter's younger sister Leslie was reported dead of unknown causes. House of Blues says the show will go on, but ticketholders might double check before boarding a train toward the Loop.
At 8:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. Tickets: $29.50 advance, $32 day of show. Call (800) 745-3000 (for venue information, 312-923-2000); ticketmaster.com.

TREY SONGZ
R&B crooner and dancer extraordinaire, Trey Songz is flinging music at fans from all angles. Just a couple of months ago, he released an EP, "Inevitable," and now he's hawking a new mixtape, "Anticipation 2." Thus the name for his 18-city Anticipation 2our, which just started. Kanye West protégé Big Sean opens.
At 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Auditorium Theater, 50 E. Congress Parkway. Tickets: $48-$78. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.


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