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Concertline: M83, Carolina Chocolate Drops, more

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

It's not easy to sell a double album these days, but M83's "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming" contained at least one ringer: the masterful synth-driven single, "Midnight City," the best of 2011. Anthony Gonzalez says he penned it as a soundtrack to the little films in his head, and it's a cinematic sensation: even in concert, where the touring band is energetic and spunky, at least for a bunch of knob-twiddlers.
At 7:30 p.m. May 4 at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. Sold out.

Lots of nostalgia nerds play old-timey music, but the Carolina Chocolate Drops aren't kidding around. This quartet salvages traditional rural tunes and styles (from the Carolinas, of course) that might otherwise be lost to warped 78s and crumbling sheet music. They also stir in more modern active ingredients; yes, there's fiddle and banjo, but there's also some occasional beat-boxing.
Bhi Bhiman and Po' Girl open at 9 p.m. May 5 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln. Tickets: $20. Call (773) 525-2508;

It's a promotion for a line of pre-mixed cocktails (ick), but it's also a free concert (yay). This Friday night, 10 acts will perform simultaneously in 10 cities -- at secret locations. Chicago's offering is a good show: Canadian electronic duo MSTRKRFT, along with Team Bayside High, Wolf Pack and MattBoyWhite. (Chicago remix duo the Hood Internet will be playing the Las Vegas show.) The catch, of course: You have to be 21.
To find out where the show is on May 4, RSVP at

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