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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Carpooling upstream to spawn on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 12.05.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Jay Ryan
SHOWS: The solo living-room tour of Hum front man Matt Talbott, which included stops in Chicago and Skokie
MORE INFO: thebirdmachine.com

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Singer-guitarist Haley Fohr hunts for a path forward with a colorful Hideout residency

Posted By on 12.03.18 at 03:13 PM

Haley Fohr - PHOTO BY MICHAEL VALLERA
  • Photo by Michael Vallera
  • Haley Fohr

Since fall 2017, Haley Fohr has been on the road playing songs from Reaching for Indigo (Drag City), the sixth full-length by her primary musical project, Circuit des Yeux. The singer-guitarist is finishing the tour and the year with a three-night weekly residency at the Hideout entitled Intentions of Sociable Creativity Through Light & Sound, which will retire the album's material, celebrate Fohr's relationship to Chicago's experimental- and improvised-music communities, and point toward the music she'll make in 2019.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

How Logan Arcade got its Misfits-playing robot dogs

Posted By on 11.28.18 at 05:45 PM

The Biscuits at Logan Arcade - JAMES ZESPY
  • James Zespy
  • The Biscuits at Logan Arcade

New to Chicago's hyper-niche scene of barcade robot punk bands are the Biscuits—Logan Arcade's very own Misfits cover act, comprising four animatronic dogs named Glenn Dogzig, Jerry Bonely, Doyle Von Frankenbone, and . . . Robo.

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A highly unprofessional trepanation on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 11.28.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Bill Connors
SHOWS: Oozing Wound, Conduit, Rectal Hygienics, and Bruges at Sleeping Village on Fri 12/14
MORE INFO: instagram.com/billconnors

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Remember to floss your nipples on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 11.21.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Sarah Squirm
SHOW: Helltrap Nightmare with Itsi at the Hideout on Sun 12/2
MORE INFO: sarahsquirm.tumblr.com

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Jonny Polonsky celebrates decades of guitar-pop perfection with a show in his old hometown

Posted By on 11.20.18 at 11:24 AM

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  • Photo by Aurelien Budynek
  • Jonny Polonsky

In 2018, emerging musicians commonly hashtag artists they admire on Instagram or @ them on Twitter, hoping for a signal boost that might get them new listeners. In the 80s and 90s, though, the analog to this social-media circuit was tape trading (eventually people started using burned CDs, but "CD trading" doesn't have the same ring).

Among the most successful at this organic style of self-promotion was Jonny Polonsky, a Chicago-born, Wilmette-raised singer-songwriter who began hand-distributing his self-produced cassettes at shows around the city when he was still a teenager. By 1994, when he reached legal drinking age, he'd already made fans of the likes of Marc Ribot, Jeff Buckley, and John Zorn. That same year he released a demo produced by Frank Black, which quickly persuaded Rick Rubin to sign him to American Recordings. Polonsky's 1996 debut album, Hi My Name Is Jonny, brims with smart, pristine power pop, and it made him a critical darling; stints on Lollapalooza and other cross-country tours followed.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Talking about God, the air force, and Britney Spears with Chicago rapper KC Ortiz

Posted By on 11.19.18 at 12:23 PM

KC Ortiz - PHOTO BY JULIA HALE
  • Photo by Julia Hale
  • KC Ortiz

On Friday, November 23, Chicago-based rapper KC Ortiz performs at Subterranean as part of a showcase organized by Chicago label Futurehood, which supports gay and transgender musicians of color. She's no longer actively working with the label, founded in 2015 by rapper Mister Wallace and producer Aceb00mbap, but their parting was amicable—there's a reason the concert is called "Futurehood & Friends." 

Ortiz is originally from Mobile, Alabama, and moved to Chicago in 2006.  She's been writing and recording music for years, but she didn't release any of it until last year, when she put out two albums, Beach Street and Church Tapes. Her rapping is playful and upbeat, with lots of attitude and swagger and a distinct southern flavor—on "Shut Up," a track from Church Tapes, she complains about being underrated in the rap game, but that shouldn't be a problem for long. I had a chance to talk with her about her albums, her dream of writing for Britney Spears, her relationship with God, and what it means to be a trans woman in rap.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

More than 100 people showed up at a public meeting in order to save the Hideout

Posted By on 11.15.18 at 06:00 AM

Alderman Brian Hopkins introduced a zoning ordinance to protect the Hideout from the Lincoln Yards development. - MARISSA DE LA CERDA
  • Marissa De La Cerda
  • Alderman Brian Hopkins introduced a zoning ordinance to protect the Hideout from the Lincoln Yards development.

More than 100 supporters of the Hideout piled into the auditorium of Park Community Church last night for a public meeting held by the city’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) that was rumored to be about the 70-acre Lincoln Yards development, which would engulf and threaten the existence of the beloved music venue.

Tim and Katie Tuten, co-owners of the Hideout, had released a statement on Monday night saying they had asked the city to "delay any decisions on development, construction permits, and TIF’s until after the new mayor and city council are elected." The note was widely shared on social media with musicians, comedians, and lifelong Chicagoans voicing their support of the historic venue located on 1354 W. Wabansia.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Pitchfork’s Midwinter brings Kamasi Washington, Slowdive, Laurie Anderson, and dozens more to the Art Institute

Posted By on 11.14.18 at 10:00 AM

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  • Kamasi Washington

Today Pitchfork and the Art Institute of Chicago announce the debut of Midwinter, a three-night event that will fill the museum's galleries with live music from February 15 through 17. Among the acts slated to appear are Kamasi Washington, Slowdive, Laurie Anderson, Panda Bear, Mykki Blanco, and Tortoise, who'll play all of TNT to celebrate the album's 21st anniversary. In its size and diversity, Midwinter's lineup looks like it belongs to an outdoor festival, but many of these acts don't make the kind of music that goes over well with thousands of sun-baked, half-drunk young people who've been on their feet all day. I'd prefer to watch William Basinski perform The Disintegration Loops in a museum, where there's at least a nonzero chance that the atmosphere will be appropriately meditative.

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Nobody’s getting this pearl on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 11.14.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Margot Ferrick
SHOW: The Cairo Gang (solo) and Caroline Campbell at the Hideout on Wed 11/14
MORE INFO: butterstory.tumblr.com

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