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Music notes: Hip-hop artist Na Palm stops at Durty Nellie's

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Genre blender

Na Palm, a rising star in Chicago's hip-hop scene, has gained notoriety for combining traditional rapping with the exploding genre known as electronic dance music. A tireless performer, Na Palm makes a stop in the suburbs this weekend.

9 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $7. Go to

Two-man show

Local H, the powerful rock duo from Lake County, will play a "hometown" show this weekend in the suburbs. Singer-guitarist Scott Lucas and drummer Brian St. Clair are touring behind their acclaimed release from last year, "Hallelujah! I'm a Bum," a sprawling and intense record that bristles with political tracks like "They Saved Reagan's Brain" and "Ruling Kind." Local H burst onto the rock scene at the height of the 1990s alternative era, and they've put out a series of smart, hard-edged records since. Here's a chance to see this group in an intimate suburban venue.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Montrose Room, located inside the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. $15. Go to

Aussie innovator

Australian rocker Nick Cave (along with his band, the Bad Seeds) is one of the most consistently interesting artists of the past 25 years. He moves gracefully from genre to genre on his albums, incorporating punk, country, progressive rock and '60s pop, to name just a few. He's also a singularly powerful lyricist with a knack for dark imagery and even darker humor. Cave & the Bad Seeds are touring behind their latest album, "Push the Sky Away," which is a dreamier, more atmospheric effort. He always presents a striking figure onstage. The opening band for this weekend's show is acclaimed singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

8 p.m. Monday, April 1, at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. Tickets start at $30. Go to

-- Matt Arado

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