Magma | Reggies’ Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., April 10, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: sold out
There are only two major concerts in my life that I regret missing. The first was a three-hour Leonard Cohen extravaganza to which I had to turn down free tickets because I had my own crappy show to play that night. The other was a Magma show at Martyrs’ in 1999. But now that France’s masterful, dark progsters return for a rare performance, the latter can finally be rectified. Commanded by percussionist Christian Vander, the Magma collective was born in 1969 following an ominous vision the front man had concerning the doomed future of earth and humanity. The storytelling in Magma’s self-titled debut is in direct response to that vision—and features the migration by a group of believers to the planet Kobaia. For its epic, conceptual brand of jazz-influenced avant rock, the group goes so far as to sing in its own invented alien language, Kobaian (the Kobaian word “Zeuhl” has actually come to describe a genre of sci-fried, symphonic-progressive bands inspired by Magma). Vander’s former wife and longtime collaborator, Stella Vander, joins him for this tour, along with a cast of musicians that were worked into the act both during the early aughts and when the band re-formed in the late 90s. Magma will perform some of its most beloved material—like pieces from 1973’s mammoth Mekanik Destuktiw Kommandoh and the following year’s Kohntarkosz—as well as moments from its most recent EP, Slag Tanz (Jazz Village). This bona fide historical happening is long sold out, but take it from me, you’ll end up with a massive regret if you can’t find a way in. —Steve Krakow


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