Return of Death
Acclaimed Americana band Murder By Death returns to the suburbs with a show this weekend in Palatine. The band, which hails from Bloomington, Ind., produces a lush folk-rock sound that combines basic pop elements of guitar-bass-drums with cello, piano, accordion and other instruments. Murder By Death's most recent record is 2012's "Bitter Drink Bitter Moon," which was released on the local Bloodshot Records label. 9 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $20. Go to durtynellies.com.
Local H's new look
Hard-rock duo Local H performs in the suburbs this weekend with new drummer Ryan Harding. Harding joins singer, guitarist and Lake County native Scott Lucas in the band, which has delivered smart, punk-flavored rock songs since the 1990s. Harding and Lucas are testing out some new tunes on the road as they prepare for an upcoming album. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill, 431 W. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. $20. Go to tailgatersgrill.com.
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Considered to be one of the most influential bands of the late-1970s punk/new wave scene in America, Television is back together and on the road. The group's debut album from 1977, "Marquee Moon," is a bona fide classic: Its offbeat song structures and intricate two-guitar sound can be heard in a lot of today's indie rock. Television is led by singer-guitarist Tom Verlaine, with Bill Ficca on drums and Fred Smith on bass. Longtime Verlaine collaborator Jimmy Rip recently replaced original guitarist Richard Lloyd in the band. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago. $25. Go to metrochicago.com.