With Miss Derringer, and Either/Origami. 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, $5, 21 and over/$18, 20 and under (all ages). Lime Spider, 207 S. Main St., Akron, 330-762-2350.

Chicago's AbsentStar is working on its major-label debut with Dan Wilson, the Semisonic singer and Dixie Chicks collaborator. And until it's available, the band is working its way around the Midwest, introducing crowds to its aggressive, melodic rock. Band members claim Radiohead and Muse as influences, but their music is more radio-ready than their idols' tunes. Twin guitars coil around the rhythm section in bass-driven songs. And frontman Derek Ingersoll lends the tracks introspective edge, as in "Give In to Me," where he croons, "What it's about is finding your own way out." So come find out what it's about. And show up early for opening act Miss Derringer, who's been described as "Patsy Cline meets Bauhaus."

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