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Mike Bennett writesFriday iPod/MP3 Shuffle—Happy Birthday Peter Tosh Edition

Let’s pay tribute to a reggae pioneer, Peter Tosh. In the early ’60s, Tosh got together with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer to form the Wailing Wailers, a ska group that had some hits. But they splintered when Marley came to the States to live with his grandmother. He returned in 1968, and the band reformed as simply The Wailers, with the members dreaded out, adopting the Rastafarian religion, and slowing down to rock steady tempos. Tosh was a key figure in the band, because he was by far the most accomplished musician, and Wailer says Tosh taught Marley the guitar. Tosh wrote some of The Wailers early hits, but left the fold when Island Records head Chris Blackwell wouldn’t put out his solo album. Eventually, Tosh put out Legalize It and continued putting out quality reggae records until he passed away in the ’80s. Let’s pay tribute to Mr. Tosh by grabbing your iPod or MP3 player, hitting shuffle and sharing the first 10 songs that come up.

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Jason Crock writesThe Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Comes to Bottom Lounge on Sunday Oct. 21st!

CHIRP is proud to welcome The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion to their show at Bottom Lounge on Sunday, October 21. After some well-received reunion shows to promote the recent reissues of their 1990s albums (like Extra Width, Orange and Now I Got Worry), the band recorded new material and have just released their first new album in eight years, Meat and Bone. Spencer and Co. have proved themselves just as raucous and commanding as they were all those years ago with performances like their 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival appearance, so come and find out how the new jams sound and how their classics hold up. Bloodshot Bill opens this 17-and-over show which starts at 9 PM.

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesWeekly Voyages: Friday 10/19 to Thursday 10/25

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Friday October 19

Jimkata, Digeometric, Nipple
Abbey Pub: 9pm, 21+

Native, My Dad, Droughts
Beat Kitchen: 7:30pm, 21+

The Early November featuring Cartel
Bottom Lounge: 7:30pm

Soul Summit
Double Door: 9pm, 21+

The Hoyle Brothers
Empty Bottle: 5:30pm, 21+

Yakuza, Dysrhythmia, Helen Money
Empty Bottle: 10pm, 21+

Yonder Mountain String Band with Brown Bird
House of Blues Chicago: 8:30pm

WHY?, Naytronix, The Black Swans
Lincoln Hall: 10pm, 18+

Menomena, PVT
Metro: 9pm, 18+

Lou Shields
Reggies Music Joint: 5:30pm, 21+

Peelander Z, Electric Eel Shock, The Joy of Painting
Reggies Music Joint: 8:30pm, 21+

Bakelite 78, Environemental Encroachment, Mary Squeezebox, Spears & Gears
Reggies Rock Club: 9pm, 18+

Black Prairie, Shelley Short, Darren Hanlon
Schubas: 10pm, 21+

Stanton Warriors, Rediohiro, MC Zulu, Striz, Evol
SmartBar: 10pm, 21+

Abigail Washburn with Kai Welch w/ Prince Florence
SPACE: 8pm

Lovesliescrushing, Airiel, Black Nite Crash, New Canyons, Darked, Golden Gardens
Subterranean: 8:30pm, 21+

Mord Fustang, Team Bayside, Regulators
The Mid: 10pm, 21+

Blunted Beats
The Whistler: 9:30pm, 21+

Old 97’s
The Vic: 7:30pm

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Jason Crock writesCHIRP Radio Welcomes Nouvelle Vague at Bottom Lounge on Oct. 20!

CHIRP Radio welcomes cover band Nouvelle Vague to the Bottom Lounge on Saturday, October 20. The brainchild of French producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, Nouvelle Vague has recorded three albums’ worth of bossa nova-inflected covers of punk, post-punk, and new-wave classics with several different French and Brazilian vocalists, lending familiar underground standards a new context and a hip, playful spirit. CHIRP will be there to see them take their project to the stage starting at 9 PM. The show is 17 and over. For more information, go to

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Jason Crock writesCHIRP Welcomes Com Truise & Bonde de Role to Bottom Lounge on Oct. 18th!

CHIRP Radio is pleased to welcome one-man synthesizer artist Com Truise to the Bottom Lounge on Thursday, October 18. A self-admitted admitted synth obsessive from Princeton, New Jersey, Com Truise (a.k.a. producer Seth Haley) is the maker of an experimental and bottom heavy style he calls “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk.” His latest album, 2011’s Galactic Melt, is full of bass-heavy instrumentals that meld funk, synth-pop, and Italo disco.

Opening acts to this 17-and-over show include L.A. dance duo Poolside and Brazilian party-starters Bonde do Role, who have just released their new album Tropicalbacanal on Mad Decent records. The show starts at 9pm. See for more info.

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