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Paul van Dyk Fri., 9 p.m., January 25 w/ Rob Lemon, SlantE @ Europe Nightclub - $15 By Kristy Wendt From 2008: At a certain point in the night, the smoke of whatever you happen to be smoking hangs in the air in front of you due to the laws of entropy. Don't know about entropy? Don't worry, I'll explain: Entropy is the measure of a system's unavailability to do work. Still don't know what I mean? It's thermodynamics, baby. It means that after a certain point, there's so much energy in a space that it just hangs out, right in front of you, hovering in the air like the blast from a fog machine. It's the witching hour. And if you still don't know what I'm talking about, then you definitely weren't at the Paul van Dyk show last night at Dante's around midnight.
Sponge Sat., 7:30 p.m., January 26 w/ The Difference Engine, Jetliner Gypsies @ Cicero's - $17/$20 By Allison Babka There's no shortage of '90s acts touring the country in search of inspiration - or, more accurately, revenue to fund a whole new decade of flannel shirts and combat boots. But Sponge has been on the reinvention track for quite a while, shuffling band lineups and experimenting with poppier sounds instead of its trademark distorted guitar and vocals. The Detroit band's last full-length album, 2007's Galore Galore, sounds like something from Nickelback's closet, but '90s revelers shouldn't fret - fans can still revisit their own nostalgic alternativity when Sponge performs 1994's classic Rotting Piñata in its entirety at Cicero's
Benefit Concert for Tony Perolio Sat., 9 p.m., January 26 w/ Jon Hardy and the Public, The Blind Eyes, Arthur and the Librarian @ Off Broadway - free By Christian Schaeffer Tony Perolio's death last January ended a five-year struggle with Leukemia, one that weakened the body but never the spirit of the 30-year-old. He was known around the music community as the drummer for Jon Hardy & the Public, but to those who knew him well - as a son, an adoring husband, a rock climber, a Marine, an engineer - Perolio contained multitudes. On the one-year anniversary of his passing, his bandmates in the Public are hosting a free show, with donations going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Pujol Sun., 7:30 p.m., January 27 w/ Diarrhea Planet @ Off Broadway - $10 By Josh Levi From 2011: Daniel Pujol is a man of many talents. Whether he's completing his degree, playing ragers at SXSW, putting out records or writing poetry in an online series with his girlfriend, Pujol remains a vital voice for the hustling world of evolutionary rock & roll. Checked by tastemaker Jack White and his Third Man Records imprint, Pujol continues to propel forward with his latest release, United States of Being on Saddle Creek. After years of playing with a rotating cast of talented musicians, he has landed on a line-up consisting of bassist Daniel Severs and former St. Louisan Stewart Copeland. Both on record and in life, Pujol offers a unique view into the life of contemporary America, always on point and never at a loss for words.
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