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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Chicago rockers share their Mutiny memories, foggy and otherwise

Posted By on 12.12.18 at 06:00 AM

The Indignants bomb the Mutiny with bags of flour on December 14, 2001. - CHRIS ANDERSON
  • Chris Anderson
  • The Indignants bomb the Mutiny with bags of flour on December 14, 2001.

"Once one of my door guys said, 'The greatest thing about the Mutiny is that anyone can play here,'" says Mutiny owner Ed Mroz. "'The worst thing about the Mutiny is that anyone can play here.'"

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A guitar transfigured into liquid cheese on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 12.12.18 at 06:00 AM

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ARTIST: Ryan Duggan
SHOW: Ryley Walker, Ohmme, and Ben LaMar Gay at the Empty Bottle on Fri 12/28
MORE INFO: ryanduggan.com

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Buzzcocks front man Pete Shelley grappled with metaphysical questions as eloquently as he wrote about physical desire

Posted By on 12.11.18 at 11:20 AM

Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks in 2009 - ALTERNA2
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  • Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks in 2009

I thought Pete Shelley was going to die the night Buzzcocks played the Double Door in May 2010. The temperature hadn't dropped much from its afternoon high of 90 degrees, and the club felt like a steam bath. Shelley's hair had thinned and he'd put on a ton of weight since I'd last seen the British punk legends seven years earlier. He seemed to be suffering badly under the lights, and as he sweated through the band's early punk-pop classics—"I Don't Mind," "Love You More," "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)"—I wondered how many times he'd sung them since they first hit stores in 1978, and where his mind went while his body was tearing through them at breakneck speed.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Archive dive: How Soul Train, the show that put black music on TVs across America, got its start in Chicago

Posted By on 12.10.18 at 01:37 PM

COURTESY WCIU-TV
  • courtesy WCIU-TV

The Reader's archive is vast and varied, going back to 1971. Every week in Archive Dive, we'll dig through and bring up some finds.

It's been nearly 13 years since the final episode of Soul Train aired, and right around the time the long-running series ended, Chris Lehman published A Critical History of Soul Train on Television. Among other things, the book looks at Soul Train's Chicago roots, including a local version of the show that continued to exist after it hit big in Los Angeles.

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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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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Folk genius Dwain Story died a legend to the few who still knew his music

Posted By on 12.04.18 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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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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