Live Tonight: The Dutchess and the Duke, The Antlers, Jurassic 5

It has been nearly four years since they last took the stage, but The Dutchess and the Duke, the once-beloved Seattle-based folk duo, is back together and playing a show! No double-take necessary­—­­it’s a real thing. The split happened quite suddenly back in 2010 when Jesse Lortz and Kimberly Morrison announced via Facebook their last show would be at the Tractor. While music insiders sensed turmoil, the news was quite a shock for fans of the band on the outskirts. For years afterward, a song from one of their two releases—2008’s She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke or 2009’s Sunset/Sunrise—could be heard randomly on KEXP, often inducing sharp pangs of grief for certain listeners. This show announcement is another shock to the system, an out-of-the-blue “Oh yeah, we’re playing again,” but one that gets your heart racing and your feet jumping to dance. It’s encouraging to see a great band take a break from something that wasn’t working and come back for another go. Like anything in life, distance gives perspective, so here’s hoping this go-round adds new fuel to the fire and signals a new beginning. With La Sang Song. Chop Suey (Dragon Lounge), 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 9 p.m. $10. MORGEN SCHULER

There’s an understated elegance to Familiars, the fifth album from Brooklyn indie-rock trio the Antlers, which makes it both unassuming and breathtaking. The mid-tempo instrumentation, including a wistful trumpet and twinkling keys from multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci, shifts between cinematic and somber, and Peter Silberman’s emotionally charged vocals and lyrics on the theme of identity add to the moody atmosphere. With Yellow Ostrich. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $18 adv. All ages. AZARIA C. PODPLESKY

Jurassic 5 embodies the glory days of rap: a six-piece crew teeming with unique personalities, crafting artful music with a conscious message. Since reuniting at Coachella last year, they’ve released a single, “The Way We Do It” (produced by the late Heavy D), and have hinted at more to come. With Dilated Peoples, Beat Junkies (Melo D), MC Supernatural. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., showboxpresents.com. 8 p.m. $39.50 adv./$45 DOS. MICHAEL F. BERRY

 
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