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Club Hopping, Feb. 6-12

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LYKKE LI
Whether you consider her the next great Swedish pop act since Peter Bjorn and John (whose Bjorn Yttling produced her acclaimed debut, "Youth Novels") or that country's answer to Bjork, Lykke Li is well worth a listen, and you can catch her live now as the indie buzz builds when she performs at Metro, 3730 N. Clark, after openers Wildbirds & Peacedrums, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, $18. Call (773) 549-0203; www.metrochicago.com. -- Jim DeRogatis

More shows after the jump ...

KATHLEEN EDWARDS; ROKIA TRAORE
A weekend of interesting women at the Old Town School of Folk Music begins at 8 p.m. Saturday with Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards, whose music in recent years has settled into a strong, fluid style that is straightforward and graceful. Her songs are heartfelt and mature without ever losing the rough edges that make them real. At 7 p.m. Sunday, Malian performer Rokia Traore, known for combining traditional Malian musical styles with modern sounds, will perform songs from her mesmerizing new album, "Tchamanchte." The Old Town School is at 4544 N. Lincoln. Tickets, $16-$20 for each show. Call (773) 728-6000; www.oldtownschool.org. -- Mary Houlihan

OTIS TAYLOR; STAN SKIBBY; DIAMOND JIM GREENE
The Chicago-born Taylor may have left us for Colorado at a young age, but his harrowing tales of murder, racism and poverty (his great-grandfather was lynched, an uncle murdered) are the epitome of modern blues. Taylor likes to keep things acoustic and porch-ready, pointing to his ninth album, 2008's "Recapturing the Banjo," rooted in his desire to show the instrument's true African origin. South Side Hendrix reincarnate Skibby opens for Taylor with cover odes to his idol, in an equally explosive style, at 9 tonight at Buddy Guy's Legends, 754 S. Wabash. Tickets, $15. Before all that, Delta-inspired finger-picker Greene will host a free 5:30 p.m. acoustic show. Call (312) 427-0333; www.buddyguys.com. -- Centerstagechicago.com

LOS CAMPESINOS!
The kids from Cardiff, Wales, are back with a new batch of smart songs on their new album, "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed," featuring more of their trademark frenetic energy and clashing vocals. Titus Andronicus opens at 9 p.m. Saturday at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie. Tickets, $15. Call (773_ 252-6179; www.ticketweb.com. -- MH

BEN TAYLOR
The son of James Taylor and Carly Simon may have a musical pedigree, but he's always done things his way. On his third album, "The Legend of Kung Folk Part 1," he moves away from the soft acoustic of past work and into a new hybrid of folk, pop and hip-hop. Schuyler Fish opens at 9 tonight at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln. Tickets, $12. Call (773) 404-9494; www.martyrslive.com. -- MH

JOHN GLICK FUND BENEFIT
For the fourth year since the tragic car accident that claimed the life of local musician John Glick (the Returnables) and his friends Doug Meis (the Dials, EXO) and Michael Dahlquist (Silkworm), friends and family are gathering to celebrate his life with a show at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, starting at 10 p.m. Saturday. The performers include the Methadones, Nervous Fingers, the Negligents and the Coronados. Tickets, $8 with proceeds benefitting the John Richard Glick Memorial Fund, which helps musicians in need. Call (773) 276-3600; www.emptybottle.com. -- JD

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