A look ahead at shows worth seeing (and hearing) this week ...
LUCKY BOYS CONFUSION
DuPage's own ska-punk revivalists came along in the late '90s as one of the few acts that mixed rap and rock and nearly redeemed the sins of the others who tried. They haven't recorded a full-length album in nearly a decade, but "Dumb Pop Song" is still smart fun.
Hear You Me opens at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Montrose Room in the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare, 5300 N. River Road in Rosemont. Tickets: $12. Call (847) 447-4022; montroseroom.com.
PRETTY GOOD DANCE MOVES
The Chicago-native duo with the perfectly apt name finally released a debut full-length recently, "Limo," an ambitious series of "movements" spotlighting Brazilian Girls singer Sabina Scibba. It's spunky, it's bouncy, it's chill, and it's on tour around the Midwest.
Rambos, Pictures of Then and Billeh Ocean open at 10 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western. Tickets: $8, or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org might get you in for free. Call (773) 276-3600; emptybottle.com.
The band has been together for 20 years, and their 10th album, "The Path of Totality," marks something like a creative high for the stringy-haired rage-rockers. The record features collaborations with numerous hot, current DJs, including recent Grammy winner Skrillex. Frontman Jonathan Davis even opens the show as his own DJ alter ego, J Devil.
Kill the Noise also opens at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. Tickets: $39.50-$100. Call (773) 276-1235; congresschicago.com.
It's a bit of a surprise that one of the finer Afrobeat bands out there right now comes from Ottawa, Canada. But there you have it, and they've finally hit the road for their first major U.S. tour. Don't let the name fool you, it's not organ-driven cocktail jazz; this is tropical, rhythmic, funky, groovy stuff, like you'd expect to hear on the world music night at the summer Folk & Roots festival.
The Right Now and DJRC open at 9 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee. Tickets: $12-$15. Call (773) 489-3160; doubledoor.com.
The pride of Boston blue-collar rock didn't make it out of the '80s alive, but no band is immune from the lure of a reunion. The original quartet has reassembled for an 11-city tour, and if brothers Dan and Warren Zanes can keep from strangling each other it ought to be a rip-roarin' great time.
Feb. 25 at Lincoln Hall is sold out, but as Yoda said: There is another. At 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave. in Evanston. Tickets: $22 general admission, $40 table. Call (847) 492-8860; evanstonspace.com.
THE PROMISE RING
Before emo became a bad word, Milwaukee's Promise Ring was one of the subgenre's most exciting contributors throughout the late '90s. Mostly silent for a decade, the band has resurfaced for two shows this weekend -- Feb. 24 in their hometown and the next night in Chicago. Does this mean they're back for good? A recent interview says no, so enjoy the show.
Joan of Arc opens at 9 p.m. Feb. 25 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Sold out.