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Chicago no wave celebrates itself 

The Co-Prosperity Sphere’s concert and exhibit features some prime movers from the 90s scene. Plus: You haven’t missed the CHIRP Record Fair yet. It’s happening later this year!

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click to enlarge Rose (left) and Monica Boubou perform in Zeek Sheck at some point in the mid-1990s. - COURTESY OF JULIE POMERLEAU
  • Rose (left) and Monica Boubou perform in Zeek Sheck at some point in the mid-1990s.
  • Courtesy of Julie Pomerleau

Like its New York predecessor in the late 70s, Chicago's mid- and late-90s no-wave scene scrambled the accepted precepts of rock and jazz to create addictively noisy, thoughtfully bent, and crassly hilarious music. Its bands included the Flying Luttenbachers, the Scissor Girls, Math, Duotron, Lake of Dracula, and Dot Dot Dot, many of whom shared members. They gigged at long-gone venues such as Czar Bar, Milk of Burgundy, and the Magnatroid, but within a few years most had fallen apart. On Saturday, May 4, the Co-Prosperity Sphere hosts "Chicago No Wave," with performances by Bobby Conn, 0th, DJ Le Deuce, former Scissor Girls front woman Azita, and the reanimated Flying Luttenbachers (who recently released the brutally excellent Shattered Dimension), plus a reunion set by D.O.G. (anchored by Joaquin de la Puente). An on-site art exhibit will include work by photographer Jim Newberry, filmmaker Shane Bugbee, Jodie Mecanic of Math, Kelly Kuvo of the Scissor Girls, and Rose of Zeek Sheck; Lumpen Magazine will have new zines of 90s show flyers and other ephemera.

For as long as this wolf can remember, CHIRP's spring record fair has taken place in April. This year, though, it's been pushed back—perhaps to give vinyl fanatics a chance to repair their finances after Record Store Day. The 17th annual CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights comes to Plumbers Hall (1340 W. Washington) on Saturday, May 4, with wares from dozens of dealers and a few local labels. The festivities also include performances by Ovef Ow, the Jellies, Baby Money, the Blue Ribbon Glee Club, DPCD, Thair, and Charming Hokum, plus DJ sets by Alex White of White Mystery, Chuck Wren of Jump Up Records, Metro founder Joe Shanahan, and City Pop evangelist Van Paugam. For $25 you can get first dibs with 8 AM early-bird admission; regular admission at 10 AM costs $8. The fair runs till 6 PM.  v

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