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Club Hopping, May 29-June 4

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The son of the great Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure kicks off his U.S. tour with a four-day residency at the Hideout. His father found the soul of the blues in Africa; his son has found that his Saharan roots are at home in everything from jam bands to Jamaican dub. At 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 6:30 p.m. June 5 and 9 p.m. June 6 at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. Tickets, $5-$15. Call (773) 227-4433; -- Mary Houlihan

More club shows after the jump ...

The side-project trio, featuring Nina Persson (the Cardigans), her husband, Nathan Larson (Shudder To Think) and Niclas Frisk (Atomic Swing), provides quirky, smart and funny songs inspired by David Bowie and 1960s girl groups. The recent album "Colonia" showcases the group's latest set of gorgeous, wistful pop songs. Gentleman Reg opens at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee. Tickets, $15. Call (773) 489-3160; -- MH

Hailing from the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, this band has come a long way in the last couple of years. Singer-guitarist Ian Felice has a voice that strays somewhere between Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. The band's songs blend an indie sound with the traditions of rustic Americana. Taylor Hollingsworth opens at 9 tonight at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake. Tickets, $15. Call (312) 666-6775; -- MH

Benefiting the Latino Union of Chicago, this double dose of funky grooves will feature all the horns you can handle. First, the zany, feel-good tunes of 30-member marching collective Mucca Pazza will get the audience moving, leaning on compositions by bandleader Mark Messing, traditional numbers and classics from composers such as Beela Bartok. Then, following the recent release of its Off the Grid EP, the fittingly titled Chicago Afrobeat Project will mix Afrobeat elements with bits of modern groove, organ-splashed post-jazz and funk rock. Don't miss the chance to support a good cause and catch some great bands in the process at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. Tickets, $15. Call (773) 227-4433; --

The singer-songwriter from New York City is touring behind his passionate, rollicking new disc, "House of a Thousand Guitars." Here is your chance to find out why he has been described as "a hurricane behind the microphone." The Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra opens at 10 p.m. Saturday at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln. Tickets, $15. Call (773) 404-9494; -- MH

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