Celebrate the holiday season’s kickoff Thanksgiving weekend at Metro, beginning with a special Thanksgiving Eve concert headlined by Naked Raygun on Wednesday, November 23!

Naked Raygun was one of the first U.S. post-punk bands of the early ’80s that merged melodic influences with punk/hardcore. Formed during 1981 in Chicago, and largely influenced by such art-punkers as Wire and Gang of Four, Naked Raygun made it clear early on that they were unafraid to speak their minds, especially on their 1983 debut album Basement Screams. 1985’s Throb Throb saw the group hone their sound even further, adding more melody, in addition to a more meatier and metallic guitar sound. Ever striving for distinctiveness, the band refused to follow any set musical formula while releasing 1986’s All Rise, 1988’s Jettison, and 1989’s Understand. After the release of Raygun…Naked Raygun in 1990, the band split. Members went on to perform with other bands including Pegboy and The Bomb.

Because of the public demand for Naked Raygun material, 1999 saw the indie label Touch And Go/Quarterstick reissue all of Naked Raygun’s albums with bonus tracks, as well as the compilation Naked Raygun: Huge Bigness — Selected Tracks From the Collected Works, 1980-1992. In 2006, Naked Raygun reformed to headline Chicago’s annual punk festival, Riot Fest. After the success of the show, which saw a sell-out crowd of 4,000 people, Naked Raygun decided to carry on with new releases, a Blue-Ray HD DVD documentary of their Riot Fest show and several one-off shows in different markets across the United States. Most recently, the band release #4 of their 7” series, and are heading back into the studio at the end of the year to record more new material. They will tour both the West Coat and Europe in 2012.

In addition to Wednesday’s Thanksgiving Eve event headlined Naked Raygun, Metro will also host a variety of other concerts to celebrate the holiday weekend all week long.

On Friday, November 25, Tinariwen plays their Metro debut. Formed in the 1970s by a young member of the Touareg rebel movement near Mali, Tinariwen was comprised of other aspiring musicians with the mission of writing songs about the rebellion and the aspirations of the Touareg people, and distribute the songs for free to anyone who had an empty cassette. The cassettes were taken back to camps and villages throughout the Sahara, and shortly thereafter the rebellion began, some say inspired by the music of this collective. After a short military life, the members of the band went back to being musicians and led relatively quiet lives. In 2001, they reunited to play the Festival In The Desert, and soon they were touring internationally. Since then, the band has played hundreds of shows and released four albums, and is known and appreciated all over the globe.

On Saturday, November 26, Peter Murphy and She Wants Revenge coheadline a special Saturday night event. English rocker, Peter Murphy, also known as the Godfather of Goth, is embarking on a co-headlining tour with rock duo, She Wants Revenge. Murphy started his career as a solo artist but later became the lead singer of the band Bauhaus. Murphy’s latest studio album, Ninth, which was released earlier this year, is his first album since his latest departure from Bauhaus and his first solo album in 7 years. She Wants Revenge just released their third album, Valleyheart, earlier this year and have already toured with bands such as Depeche Mode and Placebo.

Plus, don’t miss a fantastic lineup of DJs in Smart Bar all Thanksgiving week too, including DJ Sneak, Nicolas Jaar and Gaiser. For more info on Smart Bar’s lineups, visit

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