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Music notes: Local metal rockers Broken Hope play Metro

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Broken Hope, the death-metal band led by North Barrington resident Jeremy Wagner, will headline a hometown show this weekend in the city. Broken Hope has delivered intense, punishing rock 'n' roll with a slasher-flick sensibility since the late 1980s. The band's recent album, "Omen of Disease," is its first full-length release in more than a decade, and it's getting some of the strongest reviews the group has ever received. Wagner, an accomplished writer of horror fiction, is the band's guitarist and primary songwriter. Here's a chance to see a suburban original at one of the city's best rock clubs. Weekend Nachos, Krieg, Harms Way and Young & the Dead are also slated to perform.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Metro, 3730 N. Clark Street, Chicago. $15. Go to

Indie Americana

The offbeat Americana band Ha Ha Tonka has been blurring the lines between roots and indie rock throughout its career, and it is touring now behind its stellar new album, "Lessons," released on the local Bloodshot label. The band, named after a state park in its home state of Missouri, offers gorgeous vocal harmonies, thought-provoking lyrics and music that blends country, punk and classic 1970s FM-radio pop. Making Movies and Dirt Simple are also on the bill.

9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, Chicago. $15. Go to

On the twangy side

Justin Moore brings his popular country pop to the Northwest suburbs when he performs this weekend in Rosemont in support of his latest album, "Off the Beaten Path." Randy Houser and Josh Thompson are also on the bill.

7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets start at $29.75 Go to

-- Matt Arado

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