Ono, She Speaks in Tongues | Burlington | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Ono, She Speaks in Tongues 

When: Sat., April 5, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $8, $6 with ticket stub from any of the day’s Chicago Underground Film Festival screenings
Much has been written about the renaissance of this Chicago art-rock treasure, and the most entertaining and informative account by far is James Porter’s 2008 Roctober interview with founding geniuses P. Michael and Travis. But nothing they say will quite prepare you for the band’s second postcomeback album, the complex and challenging Diegesis (Moniker)—which you can stream on the Reader’s blog. It’s a powerful, tense, militant record that swarms with countless undercurrents of rebellion and revolution, touching on the Black Power movement, Travis’s navy experience in Vietnam, and the 1986 Philadelphia MOVE bombing. It’s electronica with an organic heart; it’s soul with a futuristic, cinematic scope. At its core the album’s aesthetic is a perfect conflation of P-Funk and Suicide, still utterly distinctive despite its obvious inspirations. Diegesis is a record you can get lost in, but Ono’s reason for being is the live show—each is painstakingly conceptualized as a happening in at least five dimensions. —Monica Kendrick She Speaks in Tongues opens.

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