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Top weekend shows: St. Vincent, Andrew Bird

Greg Kot

10:37 PM CDT, May 10, 2012

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St. Vincent: Annie Clark’s 2011 date in Chicago following the release of her  “Strange Mercy” album was marred by some technical issues that muted her world-class guitar playing. Here’s hoping this time her shredding talents come through loud and clear, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., (sold  out); jamusa.com.

Andrew Bird: The more straightforward lyrics on his recent album, “Break It Yourself,” are a welcome step up from the oblique musings of his earlier releases. Bird’s more emotionally transparent songs make a nice match for his quirky melodies, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, $29.50, $39.50, $49.50; jamusa.com.

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