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If the swarm of summer festivals is too far off (and you don't feel like draining your savings just to go), there are plenty of shows worth seeing under normal conditions: At night, in a club, without suffering from brutal heat and sunshine.
Here are five tickets to scoop up in May and June:
Metro (3730 N. Clark St.), 5/3, 11:30 p.m., $20
This two-piece project has risen from the depths of the Canadian electronic undercurrent (not treading far from Montreal-based Grimes), oozing catchy, beat-heavy hits.
Metro, 6/1, 9 p.m., $16
Part power-ballad crooner, part cerebral 80s synth genius, George Lewis Jr. will bring his darkly layered album Confess (recorded mostly on his own) to the stage on his True Story Tour.
Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln Ave.), 6/17, 7 p.m., $20
You haven't lived until you've shared an evening with John Darnielle. The frontman is a storyteller at heart, and between achingly pretty folk songs, he'll enrapture you with candid tales of childhood, failed relationships, and bizarre roommates.
Schubas Tavern (3159 N. Southport Ave.), 6/24, 7 p.m., $12
These Missouri boys have come a long way from recording dorm-room demos (a new attic-recorded album is set to release in the fall!) They'll win you over with their syrupy sweet pop-rock numbers.