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Top weekend shows: Occidental Brothers Dance Band International and the Life and Times

Greg Kot

10:41 PM CST, February 23, 2012

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Occidental Brothers Dance Band International: The multi-racial Chicago band specializes in West African highlife music, which should be a perfect way to experience Old Town’s new, dance-oriented performance space in the Myron R. Szold Music and Dance Hall, 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave., $10; oldtownschool.org.

The Life and Times: From Kansas City, Mo., this trio tucks dreamy melodies inside curtains of guitar haze and drone. Their latest, “No One Loves You Like I Do” (SlimStyle), is their most accomplished since debuting in 2003, 10 p.m. Friday at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Av., $10; emptybottle.com.

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