Two decades, one three-year prison sentence, and a few “indefinite hiatuses” removed from the breakout LP that made these Queensbridge, New Yorkers champions of hardcore hip-hop, Prodigy and Havoc return with eighth album The Infamous Mobb Deep. Previewed live at the Parish during South by Southwest, Infamous pushes lo-fi, radio-unfriendly grit alongside rap luminaries including Snoop, Nas, Bun B, and the Lox. Local descendants Phranchyze and Subkulture Patriots open.– Chase Hoffberger
Modern silents by a magnificent seven range from Canadian auteur Guy Maddin, Japanese animator Osamu Tezuka, and UK stop-motion magnets the Brothers Quay to American icon Martin Scorsese. Team them, via Chicago’s ninth annual Sound of Silent Film Festival and host Seth Boustead, with a like number of composers backed by a local string and reed sextet starring Peter Stopschinski on piano. All in AFS’ grand new theater at Marchesa Hall. Sound – vision.– Raoul Hernandez
Wild & weird ATX times four.
Matador Records-endorsed indie shred.