A look ahead at shows worth seeing (and hearing) this week ...
Britain's the Cribs, returning to life without guitarist Johnny Marr, spent some time in Chicago recording part of their upcoming album, "In the Belly of the Brazen Bull" (due May 8) with Steve Albini. The first single ahead of that effort is a stomping anthem for our fair city, "Chi-Town." The oft-repeated chorus goes, "Meet me down in Chi-Town / in Logan Square underground / You know the one / we were always there." Sing along when they return for a show this week.
At 8 p.m. April 9 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport. Tickets: $20. Call (773) 525-2508; schubas.com.
Weren't we talking about dubstep all last year -- now there's post-dubstep? That's SBTRKT's forte, touring his turntables in support of a new self-titled album. The London musician-producer, born Aaron Jerome, is among the many masked DJs these days. His way with a tune, like "Wildfire," often sets him apart.
At 10 p.m. April 7 at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. Tickets: $18.50 advance, $20.50 day of. Call (312) 923-2000; houseofblues.com/chicago.
THE ENGLISH BEAT
Dave Wakeling is 56 and can still skank like a pro. His latest lineup of the English Beat still brings the sweat, whether you know the hits ("Mirror in the Bathroom," "Too Nice to Talk To," "Save It for Later") or just enjoy a random shot of high-energy, ska-fueled soul.
At 8 p.m. April 6-7 at S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave. in Evanston. Tickets: $38-$68. Call (847) 492-8860; evanstonspace.com.
Laura Veirs was just singing Peggy Seeger's praises, literally, at the Old Town School -- and now here comes the icon herself. Sister to Mike and half-sister to Pete, this Seeger contributed her traditional music preservation skills largely in Britain, where she was married to fellow folksinger Ewan MacColl. At age 77, Seeger says this will be her last tour.
At 7 p.m. April 7 at the Old Town School of Folk Music's Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $16-$20. Call (773) 728-6000; oldtownschool.org.