Arguably the most underground, cultish and heroic of all of rock's underground cult heroes, influential gender-bending British art/industrial noise-rockers Throbbing Gristle will play their first-ever shows in Chicago this weekend as part of a short, select and ultra-rare U.S. tour. The band will perform four sets at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday (both sold out) and 7 and 10 p.m. Sunday (tickets remain for $20-$50). Call (773) 276-3600; www.emptybottle.com. -- Jim DeRogatis
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Butch Hancock (from left), Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore have been friends for nearly 40 years. And for most of that time, they've made up the elusive band the Flatlanders. Find out what makes these legendary Texas musicians tick as they play classics and songs from their new disc, "Hills and Valleys." Jenny Scheinman opens at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. Tickets, $34-$38. Call (773) 728-6000; www.oldtownschool.org. -- Mary Houlihan
Rossi's new album, "Rockwell," named after the Chicago street where she once lived and recorded with Steve Albini, is a fine platform for the classically trained performer. She has a uniquely endearing voice that pushes songs, normally labeled alt-folk, into a category all their own. And to top it off, Rossi plays the viola. Also on the bill: headliners Noah & the Whale and Ferraby Lionheart. At 10 p.m. Saturday at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western. Tickets, $10. Call (773) 276-3600; www.emptybottle.com. -- MH
Chicha is a type of corn liquor used by the Incas, but it's also a name given to a new wave of Peruvian cumbias that started gaining popularity in the '70s. Chicha Libre pays tribute to this forgotten music while offering an updated take on the psychedelic-surf sound. Lamajamal opens at 9 p.m. Thursday at Martrys', 3855 N. Lincoln. Tickets, $10. Call (773) 404-9494; www.martyrslive.com. -- MH
ELVIS PERKINS IN DEARLAND
With a name like Elvis, it was inevitable that Perkins, the son of actor Anthony Perkins and photographer Berry Berenson, would follow a musical path in life. His melodic folk music stylings have been compared to Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Other Lives open at 9 p.m. Thursday at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport. Tickets, $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Call (773) 525-2508; www.schubas.com. -- MH
Reunited and riding a renewed buzz after a strong appearance at the South by Southwest Music & Media Conference in March, the Knoxville, Tenn.-based power-pop maestros come to Metro, 3730 N. Clark, on Saturday in support of their strong and cheekily titled new album, "Industry Giants." The Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra and Duvall open at 9 p.m. Tickets, $20. Call (773) 549-0203; www.metrochicago.com. -- JD