FRIDAYABSOLUTELY NOT Fans of punk that's fast and dirty with a bit of dance rock flavor will drool over Chicago trio Absolutely Not. Let the band's chugging riffs, radiating keys and bouncing beats swirl around while you kick up some dust dancing the Elaine. Bonus: It's also Absolutely Not's record release show! Also appearing tonight are rowdy noise rockers Vamos and fun garage rockers Dumpster Babies. (Audrey Leon) 9:00 p.m. Friday, 2/17. Burlington Bar. 21+ $5. AVA LUNA Brooklyn's Ava Luna specializes in "nervous soul" in the similar vein but not wholly the same as Tune Yards. The sextet are currently riding moderate success on the back of a few EP (word on the street is that a full-length is coming soon), and their music seamlessly mixes smooth synth moments with twitchy art-rock flourishes that makes for some quite exciting listens. And lest we forget about headliner Twin Sister, who Pitchfork likes or something. Also, locals Summer Girlfriends open with their breezy garage pop antics, so get there early. (Richard Giradi) 10:00 p.m. Friday, 2/17. The Empty Bottle. 21+. $12.
SATURDAYCOFFIN PRICKS Chicago quarter Coffin Pricks are full of badassery. The group plays old school post-punk that is largely reminiscent of bands like Mission of Burma and Husker Du that blasts by with intensity and speed, which is just perfect for pogo'ing. Kids still pogo, right? Joining Coffin Pricks for this free Saki/Epitonic in-store performance are anthemic math punks Lasers and Fast and Shit. (Audrey Leon) 5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2/18. Saki Records. All Ages. FREE! BIGCOLOUR One of 12 Chicago Bands To Watch In 2012, BigColour plays around in the much used psychedelic rock sphere. But they approach it on their own terms offering souful-yet-often-creepy high pitched vocals and quirky dynamics that often give way to an explosion of melody. If you don't quite know what I'm getting at, then check out their recently released, YOUR BODY DOESN'T LIKE THE DECISIONS YOUR BRAIN MAKES, VOL. I, which features BigColour recordings than span more than a year. Also on the bill are lo-fi swingers The Sueves and dream-poppers Magic City. (Richard Giradi) 9:00 p.m. Saturday, 2/18. The Burlington. 21+. $5.
SUNDAYASOBI SEKSU If you're all punked out from Friday and Saturday, come out to Reggie's for the delicious shoegaze/psych pop stylings of NYC's Asobi Seksu. Singer Yuki Chikudate enchants with stunning falsettos that lull the listner into far off dreamscapes. Also appearing tonight are indie rockers Sybris, who pack a powerful punch to the senses with a sound that comes off as a mashup between speedy alt-rock and experimental pop. (Audrey Leon) 7:00 p.m. Sunday, 2/19. Reggie's Music Joint. 21+ $15.