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Friday, October 5, 2018

Life Sentence bassist Joe Losurdo on reissuing the Chicago band’s 1986 hardcore classic

Posted By on 10.05.18 at 11:16 AM

Life Sentence back in the day, left to right: bassist Joe Losurdo, drummer Tom O'Connor, and guitarist Eric Brockman - GENE AMBO
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  • Life Sentence back in the day, left to right: bassist Joe Losurdo, drummer Tom O'Connor, and guitarist Eric Brockman

Life Sentence bassist and vocalist Joe Losurdo says his 80s hardcore band is probably better known for its T-shirt than for its music. It's not as iconic as the Black Flag bars, but Life Sentence's logo is one of the best of the era: the word "life" is stamped in huge white capital letters on a red background (an obvious nick from Life magazine), while "sentence" appears in black lowercase directly beneath. You can still buy a Life Sentence shirt from their Bandcamp page, which also lists better-known bands whose members have worn one, including Metallica, Anthrax, Exodus, Napalm Death, and D.R.I. "Some fuckin' Chinese apparel company, like, bootlegged it—it's like a fashion item not even remotely connected to punk rock," Losurdo says. "Someone sent me a link to it—I couldn't believe it. They made it look a little more Frankie Goes to Hollywood-ish. Still the same fuckin' logo, and it says 'Life Sentence.'"

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Mendoza and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

Posted By on 10.05.18 at 06:00 AM

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There are plenty of shows, films, and concerts happening this weekend. Here’s some of what we recommend:

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fulton Market venue the Mid announces its pending closure

Posted By on 10.04.18 at 02:45 PM

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  • The Mid in happier times

Fulton Market nightclub the Mid will close for good in February 2019. Nightlife entrepreneurs Lucas King and Nick Karounos opened the club in 2010, and according to a press release, they're closing it due to the rapid development in the neighborhood. I imagine there are other complications, though: the Mid opened during the boom of EDM, and catered to its exploding fan base as it rocketed to dominance in the dance-music world. EDM poster boy Skrillex played his first Chicago show at the Mid.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Michael Zerang explores time, tone, and light with a musical coffin from Moby-Dick

Posted By on 10.03.18 at 07:00 AM

Michael Zerang plays Queequeg's Coffin at the 30th-anniversary gala for Experimental Sound Studio in July 2016. - JASON P. HOLMES
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  • Michael Zerang plays Queequeg's Coffin at the 30th-anniversary gala for Experimental Sound Studio in July 2016.

When Queequeg, the tattooed cannibal harpoonist in Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, comes down with a fever, he asks the Pequod's carpenter to build him a floating coffin. But once the illness passes and he regains his strength, the crew repurposes the carpenter's handiwork as a life buoy, which after the wreck of the ship saves the novel's narrator, Ishmael. In 2016, when percussionist Michael Zerang performed in Blair Thomas's staging of Moby-Dick (a story the puppeteer had been staging and restaging since 1990), one of his duties was to crank out musical drones on a prop called Queequeg's Coffin. After the play was done, Zerang took the instrument home—and in a corresponding act of creative recycling, this Saturday in May Chapel at Rosehill Cemetery he'll present his own concert-length composition built around it.

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A vision board for your all-seeing eye on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 10.03.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Chris Day
SHOWS: Cave record-release shows for Allways at the Hideout on Sat 10/20 and Sun 10/21
MORE INFO: cchhrriissddaayy.com

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Lala Lala’s very sold-out record-release show, in photos

Posted By on 10.01.18 at 04:26 PM

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On Friday night, Chicago indie-rock outfit Lala Lala—the brainchild of front woman Lillie West—played the Empty Bottle to celebrate the release of their Hardly Art debut, The Lamb. Photographer Brittany Sowacke was on hand at the very sold-out show to capture the excitement and positive energy—it definitely seems like Lala Lala will be headlining clubs way bigger than the Bottle soon. Opening were Dehd (one of whose front-line members, Emily Kempf, played bass on The Lamb) and Choral Reefr.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Lala Lala and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

Posted By on 09.28.18 at 06:36 PM

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There are plenty of shows, films, and concerts happening this week. Here's some of what we recommend:

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Something’s wrong with that greyhound on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 09.26.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Ryan Duggan
SHOW: Leon Bridges and Khruangbin at the Aragon Ballroom on Monday, September 24
MORE INFO: ryanduggan.com

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Spoils of War pioneered the fusion of experimental electronics and psychedelic rock

Posted By on 09.25.18 at 06:00 AM


Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. Older strips are archived here.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Reeling Film Festival, 312 Block Party, and more to do in Chicago this weekend

Posted By on 09.21.18 at 12:30 PM

Jean-Pierre “Jupiter” Bokondji and the band Okwess, playing at the World Music Festival this weekend - MICKY CLEMENT
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  • Jean-Pierre “Jupiter” Bokondji and the band Okwess, playing at the World Music Festival this weekend

There are plenty of shows, films, and concerts happening this weekend. Here's some of what we recommend:

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