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Club Hopping, May 22-28

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COTTON JONES
Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw were both members of the popular Baltimore folk-pop band Page France. As Cotton Jones, they’ve turned to a lo-fi sound laced with rich melodies and a hint of country. They have been called “the indie-pop version of Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra.” Lightning Dust and the Dan Smart Field Auxiliary open at 10 p.m. Saturday at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport. Tickets, $10. Call (773) 525-2508; www.schubas.com. — Mary Houlihan

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YEAH YEAH YEAHS
Touring in support of a third studio album, “It’s Blitz!,” that finds the Brooklyn-based art-punk trio veering further into the dance-rock realm and producing some of its finest noise to date, Yeah Yeah Yeahs come to Chicago at 7 p.m. Tuesday. In a testament to the band’s still vibrant buzz, the show has been moved to the Aragon, 1106 W. Lawrence, from the considerably smaller Riviera Theatre. Tickets purchased for the Riv will be honored, and additional tickets remain for $27.50 in advance, $30 at the door. Call (773) 561-9500; www.ticketmaster.com. — Jim DeRogatis

CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE
The solo project of Chicago singer-songwriter Owen Ashworth draws from traditional Americana as well as ’80s synth pop and commercial hip-hop. The music is a curious mix of austere character studies and playful electronic programming. Animal Hospital and Lineland open at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. Tickets, $8. Call (773) 227-4433; www.hideoutchicago.com. —MH

DENT MAY & HIS MAGNIFICENT UKULELE
On his self-titled debut disc, May uses his vocal style, part crooner, part falsetto, to great effect on songs that are a unique combination of ukulele, drums, pedal steel, violin, horns and bass. Very Truly Yours and My Gold Mask open at 9 p.m. Thursday at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport. Tickets, $10. Call (773) 525-2508; www.schubas.com. —MH

CHICKENFOOT
There are some bands for which the phrase “supergroup” just doesn’t seem appropriate, but the music world has yet to come up with a better way to describe an unlikely amalgam of musicians who’ve made their reputations and fortunes in other settings. Witness Chickenfoot, the new band priming the pump for the release of its debut album on June 5 and consisting of virtuoso shredder and Coldplay hater Joe Satriani, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and singer Sammy Hagar. Alas, their first Chicago show at 8 tonight is sold out at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage. —JD

ALFONSO PONTICELLI’S SWING GITAN
For those in search of ’30s-style, Django Reinhardt-influenced Gypsy jazz, look no further than Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan. Ponticelli shines on lead guitar, backed by a world-class lineup of musicians on violin, rhythm guitar and upright bass. At 8 tonight at Space, 1245 Chicago, Evanston. Tickets, $15. Call (847) 492-8860; www.evanstonspace.com. —MH

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