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Club Hopping, April 10-16

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WES AND EUGENE’S CABINET OF WONDERS
John Wesley Harding (left) and Eugene Mirman’s variety show features a different lineup at each stop. In Chicago, they welcome Dag Juhlin, Mark Bazer and additional guests for an evening of music and spoken word. Harding, who took his stage name from the Bob Dylan album, has a vibrant, offbeat musical style — sometimes moody and low key and other times hilariously dark and biting. Eugene Mirman is a New York City-based comedian, writer, actor and filmmaker. At 7 tonight at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport. Tickets, $20. Call (773) 525-2508; www.schubas.com. — Mary Houlihan

More club shows after the jump ...

TITUS ANDRONICUS
Though it’s only the middle band on the bill tonight at Metro, 3730 N. Clark, athese New Jersey art-punks are the real stars, as evidenced by their recent album, “Airing of Grievances,” and the number of times they’ve performed in Chicago in recent months indicates they’re dedicated to proving that to Windy City rock fans. Lucero headlines and Catfish Haven opens at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets, $16. Call (773) 549-0203; www.metrochicago.com. — Jim DeRogatis

ANGUS AND JULIA STONE
Hailing from Australia, this brother-and-sister duo are an interesting mix: Her delicate vocals and his rambling drawl play off each other well. At 8 p.m. Monday at Martyrs’, 3855 N. Lincoln. Tickets, $10. Call (773) 404-9494; www.martyrslive.com. — MH

LAMAJAMAL; DOPPLER SHIFT
It’s hard to beat a free show with two great bands, so if you’re searching for a great Friday night on the cheap, you shouldn’t miss this gig. Doppler Shift mixes jazzy brass riffs with Helmet-inspired bass distortions and hard-hitting rock and IDM beats. Then local Balkan/Middle Eastern outfit Lamajamal, with possibly the city’s best palindromic band name, maintains vigorous energy levels while presenting traditional Romani sounds with other cultural motifs. At 9 p.m. Friday at Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western. Free. Call (773) 276-9730; or visit www.quenchers.com. — Centerstagechicago.com

KEVIN GORDON TRIO
Louisiana-bred singer-songwriter Kevin Gordon has gained attention quickly as one of the best representations of Nashville’s underground blues scene. He has an affinity for swamp rock and slightly fussy guitar parts, so you never know if you’re going to get lightning or thunder when he faces a live audience. Terry White opens with an acoustic set of roots-inspired country at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at FitzGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt in Berwyn. Tickets, $8. Call (708) 788-2118; or visit www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. — It’s hard to beat a free show with two great bands, so if you’re searching for a great Friday night on the cheap, you shouldn’t miss this gig. Doppler Shift mixes jazzy brass riffs with Helmet-inspired bass distortions and hard-hitting rock and IDM beats. Then local Balkan/Middle Eastern outfit Lamajamal, with possibly the city’s best palindromic band name, maintains vigorous energy levels while presenting traditional Romani sounds with other cultural motifs. At 9 p.m. Friday at Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western. Free. Call (773) 276-9730; or visit www.quenchers.com. — Centerstagechicago.com

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