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Live shows to see this week in Chicago

Miike Snow @ Metro, April 4th & 5th, 8pm.

Miike Snow is a pop band from Sweden that blew up after their self-titled debut release in 2009. This is a band that when initially listened to, one might not know whether it is a band or simply a DJ. And they walk that line well, using both organic sounds and club-friendly electronic beats to create a sound with a very wide appeal. It's dance music most of the time, to be sure, but is still music that one could just put on and listen to. It's a very European sound, but also very indie. So come out to one of the two dates Miike Snow is at Metro, and see what all the fuss is about for yourself.

As Tall As Lions @ Bottom Lounge, April 6th & 7th, 8pm.

As Tall As Lions are a indie rock band that had steadily grown in popularity as of late. They have released three albums, the most recent being You Can't Take It With You. They are overall a midtempo rock band, never seemingly to get overly sedated or excited. They combine rock n' roll, soundscape-friendly psych, harmonies, and their own stilted percussive style. It's a sound not unfamiliar with earlier Radiohead, but sovereignly theirs. Come see what all the hype is about, you got two different nights to choose from when they invade the Bottom Lounge.

Fun @ House Of Blues, April 7th, 5pm.

Fun is a pop/rock band from NYC that plays a brand of music that, is well, fun. Their tunes are unquestionably aimed at merrymaking for all those listening. It's not complicated music, with a skillful minimalist sound that they compensate for by having dynamic progression within their songs. It's rock with a quick tempo that's highly toe-tappable. Dancing isn't the focus of all their songs, they can bring a full palette, but unquestionably like to make their audience groove along. If you are a fan of unabashedly playful pop/rock, this is the show you need to be at.

The XX @ Lincoln Hall, April 8th, 8pm.

The XX are a 3-piece group from England that quickly blew up within the indie world after the release of their self-titled debut last year. They have a minimalist sound, but don't let that fool you, because subtly - there is a lot going on in their music. It's for the most part laid back, although they have a skill for making their music become excited without increased the tempo. It's poppy, but not pop, it's new wave, but in no way old-school. They tell great stories, both with their male + female vocalists and with their floating melodies that are perfectly placed over enticing beats. If you don't know this band yet, you soon will.

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