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Concertline: The Monkees, 'CNTRL: Beyond EDM,' more

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

Reunited for the first time in 15 years, the surviving Monkees (singer Davy Jones died in February at 66) are trotting through a 12-date U.S. tour. Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and, yes, Michael Nesmith -- who hasn't played with the other members in the States since the TV stars/music group split in 1971 -- are back hamming it up, running through old classics ("Last Train to Clarksville," "Daydream Believer," etc.) and paying tribute to Jones.
At 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets: $63-$78. Call (800) 745-3000;

Electronic dance music has become popular enough to boast its own acronym, so now some of its icons are taking to the road not only to perform but to educate and inspire. Canada's Richie Hawtin and Germany's Loco Dice and a revolving lineup of guests are taking a production called "CNTRL: Beyond EDM -- Discovering Electronic and Techno(logy) Based Music" around to U.S. colleges and clubs. In Chicago, Hawtin and Dice, with Kevin Saunderson, Gaiser and Ean Golden, will lead a seminar about EDM at 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at Columbia College's 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash (for more info, see Then the DJs thrown down at 9 p.m. Nov. 16 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark ($21, 800-514-ETIX,

Stayposi Records is a new local start-up label snatching up a wide variety of bands from Chicago, as well as Wisconsin and Indiana. The label unveils some of its harder-rocking finds this weekend in a showcase featuring tight pop-rock band This Is Our Year, the more groove-rocking Lights Over Bridgeport and screamo from The Captain Hates the Sea.
At 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Subterranean, 2011 W. North. Tickets: $10. Call (773) 278-6600;

THE dB's
After sprinting through South by Southwest earlier this year, power-pop's beloved dB's are taking their full-scale reunion back on the road in support of the band's new album, "Falling Off the Sky." Jangly and tuneful as ever, the original '80s foursome -- singer-guitarists Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, bassist Gene Holder and drummer Will Rigby -- are only playing a handful of dates on this go-round, so it's a must-see show.
Outside World opens at 10 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. Tickets: $18-$20. Call (773) 227-4433;

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