Any discussion of the current disco resurgence would be incomplete without a mention of Lindstrom's latest release, "Where You Go I Go Too." The album, which only has three tracks (the shortest of which is almost 11 minutes), is much more techno and electro-influenced than the catchy pop style and lyrics of, say, Hercules and Love Affair. Still, the Norwegian DJ, who rarely comes stateside (Chicago is one of three U.S. stops) won't disappoint disco and dance-music fans. Jerome Derradji and Chicago's leading lady of the nu-disco sound, SR-71, round out the lineup starting at 10 tonight at Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark. Tickets, $10 before midnight, $15 after. Call (773) 549-0203. -- Centerstagechicago.com
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In January, Jesse Goplen performed a series of free 45-minute concerts on his Web site for 20 days in a row. Now, he's hitting the road, performing songs from his new disc, "Cowboy." The acoustic songs are raw and passionate, exactly what's expected from a young, socially conscious singer-songwriter. At 9 p.m. Sunday at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark. Tickets, $5. Call (773) 929-3680. -- Mary Houlihan
We love the Texas troubadour with a raucous band, but a solo acoustic Joe Ely is better than no Ely at all. He'll perform songs from his great songbook and perhaps give hints as to what's on the upcoming new Flatlanders album on which he reunites with old pals Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. At 8 p.m. Thursday at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn. Tickets, $16. Call (708) 788-2118. -- MH
Lenka, the Australian singer-songwriter with the pretty crystalline voice, is the former singer for the electronic/ambient band Decoder Ring. She's touring behind her self-titled solo debut; her songs have been featured on "Ugly Betty" and "Grey's Anatomy," as well as the new feature film "New in Town." Miniature Tigers open at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport. Tickets, $14. Call (773) 525-2508. -- MH