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Top weekend shows: Mastodon, Paul Simon

Greg Kot

11:07 AM CST, November 11, 2011

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Mastodon: The Atlanta quartet rewrites the metal handbook with virtually every release. Their latest, “The Hunter” (Reprise), provides a relatively concise overview of their wide-ranging sound, covering everything from progressive journeys to thrashing sprints, 7 p.m. Friday at the Riviera, 4746 N. Racine, $24; etix.com.

Paul Simon: The masterly songwriter is in top form on his current tour, working through vintage hits, covers, deep cuts and selections from his fine recent album, “So Beautiful or So What,” 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont, Ill., $50, $85, $125; ticketmaster.com.

greg@gregkot.com