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Nikki Stout writesThurston Moore Group Playing Two Nights At The Empty Bottle!

The latest release from Thurston Moore is a testament to the expanse of his sonic empire and the sheer force of his capabilities in orchestration. With just three tracks clocking in at a staggering two and a half hours, Spirit Counsel guides, thrusts, and jostles listeners through a jungle of space and time.

The oil-painted landscape of Spirit Counsel layers its textures and tones, and is a natural progression for Moore, whose body of work both as a founding member of Sonic Youth as well as an established solo artist bends the lines of genres and exposes their highs and lows. Fans of Sonic Youth will be pleased to find the unmistakable, grinding assault of instrumentation that defines Moore’s style, while those seeking a more refined approach may approach the silky chord and theme progressions with a mature ear. 

CHIRP is excited to host the Thurston Moore Group at The Empty Bottle for two shows on December 12th and 13th. Doors open at 9pm, and tickets are still available for Thursday’s event. Contact The Empty Bottle with inquiries about tickets for Friday's sold-out show.

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesWeekly Voyages: Friday 08/09 to Thursday 08/15

(Weekly Voyages is CHIRP Radio's listing of concerts in Chicago at select venues. Information about tickets can be obtained from the venues' Web sites. Do you have corrections or updates for this list? Send us an e-mail.)

Friday August 9

Blackalicious, Young General
Abbey Pub 9pm, 21+

Departure, Petibone, Time Crash, The Brains of the Operation
Beat Kitchen 8:30pm, 21+

Northside Ruckus with Matthew Ferris Band, Of The Poet, Blue Eyed Jesus
Bottom Lounge 6pm

Polarcode, AyOH, Aly Jados, Rachael's Surrender, Skye Daru
Double Door 8:30pm 21+

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

Gauntlet Hair, Population, Magical Beautiful
Empty Bottle 9:30pm, 21+

The Lawrence Peters Outfit, Jack Grace, Cloudbirds
Hideout 10pm, 21+

Mickey Hart w/Tea Leaf Trio
House of Blues Chicago

Greensky Bluegrass, Dog1
Lincoln Hall 9pm, 21+

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesWeekly Voyages: Friday 04/26 to Thursday 05/02

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Friday April 26

Ghostface Killah, Adrian Younges' Venice Dawn
Abbey Pub 9pm 21+

Hard Kiss, The Dead On, The Black Tape, Queen Buzz
Beat Kitchen 8:30pm, 21+

PANIC! Dance Party
Beauty Bar 9pm 21+

Punch Cabbie, Red Novella, The Action Blast, Daylight Dawns
Bottom Lounge

Soul Summit Presents: Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics, Soul Summit DJS Dave Mata, Sloppy White, Duke Grip
Double Door 9pm, 21+

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesWeekly Voyages: Friday 04/05 to Thursday 04/11

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Friday April 5

American English
Abbey Pub 21+

Bassel & The Supernaturals, Reels Green, Brother's Ember, The Skinny
Beat Kitchen 9pm, 21+

Sybris, Rabbid Rabbid, Killer Moon
Bottom Lounge 8:00pm, 21+

I:Scintilla, Gofight, Echo Droides, Mend
Bottom Lounge 9pm, 17+

Bad Religion
Congress Theater 6:30pm

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesWeekly Voyages: Friday 03/29 to Thursday 04/04

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Friday March 29

The Western, Model Stranger, The Damn Choir
Beat Kitchen 9pm, 21+

Jonny Craig
Bottom Lounge 6:30pm

Flux Pavilion, Carnage, Torro Torro
Congress Theater 7pm

Aly Jados, The Embraceables, The Fox & the Hounds, Petibone, Em & Them
Double Door 8:30pm, 21+

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

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesWeekly Voyages: Friday 03/22 to Thursday 03/28

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Friday March 22

Gerald Walker, The Highest Low, Roy Kinsey & DJ Castle
Abbey Pub 9pm 21+

Mason's Case, A Friend Called Fire, Bambi Raptor, Mike Chorvat
Beat Kitchen 9pm, 21+

Teen Witch, Moneyworth, All The Way Kay
Beauty Bar 9pm 21+

Eskmo
Bottom Lounge 10pm

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Jeremy Peruski writesMusic in Pictures: Teen at Township (2/19/13)

CHIRP radio welcomed Brooklyn-based Teen to Township in Logan Square in February immediately following the successful CHIRP trivia night. These four women wasted no time awing the audience with their free-form style of psychedelic layered pop, electro at times. The reverbed guitar chords filled the room as a backdrop to their perfectly sung harmonies. Lead singer, Kristina (Teeny) Lieberson, twiddled with her multi-peddled set-up to deliver a carefully calibrated live experience.

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesWeekly Voyages: Friday 3/15 to Thursday 3/21

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Friday March 15

The Drovers
Abbey Pub 7pm & 10pm 21+

Lynyrd Skynard
Congress Theater 8pm

Goodbye Good Sense, Halfmoon Mad, Black Bridge, Eleven Dollar Bills, Girls On Bicycles
Double Door 9pm, 21+

The Hoyle Brothers
Empty Bottle 5:30pm 21+

The God, Sex, Death Variety Hour w/ Danny Black
Hideout 6:30pm, 21+

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesWeekly Voyages: Thursday 03/07 to Thursday 03/14

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Thursday March 7

American Opera, Paper Thick Walls, Oblio & Arrow, Giants In La Mancha
Abbey Pub 8pm, 21+

Swearwords, The Directionals, Warm Ones
Beat Kitchen 8:30pm, 21+

Velvet Revolution
Beauty Bar 9pm 21+

Secondhand Serenade
Bottom Lounge 7pm

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesDon’t Miss the 20th Anniversary of the Chicago Underground Film Festival

It’s been 20 years since a young Columbia College film student named Jay Bliznick established a film festival that would spotlight creative film and video work outside of the system that supports major Hollywood players and elitist distributor events. For him and others who share his passion for film and desire to see new, original projects, years of dedication and effort have established the Chicago Underground Film Festival as one of the most respected and anticipated annual events for cinephiles, movie buffs, and anyone else who wants to see the kind of independent, experimental, and documentary work that doesn't make it into the local metroplex.

This year’s festival will treat audiences to outstanding work from the past and present. In the words of Festival Coordinator Lori Felker,  ”We've got a really energizing mix of films from the past 20 years mixed in with current in-competition films.  It really gives you a sense of how broad the definition of ‘underground’ is, how weird ‘weird' can get, and interesting and talented people are.”

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesWeekly Voyages: Friday 03/01 to Thursday 03/07

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Friday March 1

Murs, Prof, Fashawn, Black Cloud Music
Abbey Pub 9pm, 21+

Bobcat Williams, Dead Sheriff, Volcanoes Make Islands
Beat Kitchen 9pm, 21+

Blue Dream, Loud Loud, Half the Battle, Dreams Come Last, Photon Pistol
Bottom Lounge 7:30pm

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesWeekly Voyages: Friday 02/15 to Thursday 02/21

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Friday February 15

The Wolfe Tones, Trinity Irish Dancers
Abbey Pub 8pm, 21+

Big Daddy Love
Abbey Pub 9:30pm, 21+

Brenden Kelly & The Wandering Birds, Masked Intruder, Direct Hit
Beat Kitchen 9pm

Kazy featuring Psychopathic Daze, Delightful Downfall, Storm the Front, Saviour Self
Bottom Lounge 8pm

Winter Soulstice 2013 Soul Summit Free Dance Party
Double Door 9pm, 21+

The Hoyle Brothers
Empty Bottle 5:30pm 21+

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesWeekly Voyages: Friday 01/25 to Thursday 01/31

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Friday January 25

The Sweet Maries, The Green Room
Abbey Pub 21+

Flatfoor 56, The Crombies, 3 Blue Teardrops, Sore Subjects, Brick Assassin
Beat Kitchen 8pm

Method Man
Double Door 8pm 21+

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

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesWeekly Voyages: Friday 01/18 to Thursday 01/24

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Friday January 18

Jay Langston (of Eye Of The Bird)
Abbey Pub 9pm, 21+

Hemminbirds, Ballroom Boxer, Hawaiian Lion
Beat Kitchen 9pm, 21+

PANIC! Dance Party
Beauty Bar 21+

The Sleepers, The Regrets, Radkey, Romantic Rebel
Double Door 8:30pm, 21+

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

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Erik Roldan writesCHIRP + Coach House Sounds Present: Redgrave

Late February and early March are shaping up to be a busy time for Chicago-based band Redgrave . A new EP, a SXSW showcase, and plenty of shows around town, the duo started out using home recordings by vocalist Angie Mead, and later becoming a two-piece after adding drummer Stephen Howard. Having worked with Tim Rutilli and David Yow on their debut single, the band is getting ready for big stuff. Check out their Coach House Sounds session starting Wednesday February 15th, and listen to CHIRP.org for a selection of tracks from the session!

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Erik Roldan writesCHIRP + Coach House Sounds Present: Judson Claiborne

Judson Claiborne has two albums to its credit, and its understated folk rock has only gotten better. Mystical observations of the world co-mingle with warbly, weary vocals reminiscent of Tim Rutili (Califone, Red Red Meat) to leave a heart-shaped imprint in your ears. Judson Claiborne answered some questions for CHIRP in anticipation of their upcoming Coach House Sounds session, available at www.coachhousesounds.com on August 16th, 2011. Hear preview tracks all week on CHIPRadio.org and download the session next week!

1. What the dumbest thing you’ve ever done in a basement?

I tried to slow dance with a security guard in the basement of the Saint Louis Art Museum while on LSD. It was the Ancient Egypt exhibit maybe? I was wearing headphones, listening to Dead Can Dance’s Into the Labyrinth on the walkman. She was a good sport about it, I think.

*2. Can you tell me about one time when you realized this was YOUR city? *

While living in Seattle last fall and winter, trying to find a hot dog without cream cheese all over it. I’m serious.

3. Describe a scenario where Judson Claiborne could be someone’s life coach and the top 2 life lessons you’d teach them.

To quote one of my favorite bank robbers – “spirit ain’t spit without exercise”. You can’t expect to survive life’s gravity or steal a hundred thousand dollars without dancing around or riding your bike everyday. Also, it’s a real good idea to say hello and nod to people on the street. Get to know your neighbors and ask them to tell you their stories. I’d give this advice to anybody, any ol’ time.

4. Tell me about your CHS session—what did you like about it? Was there anything that surprised you or was spontaneous that came out in the recording?

It was nice running into The Eternals on the way out of their session. It was our first time recording with The Reverend Jacob F. Ross, our new guitar player, so that was some nice nervous excitement to play with. There are polaroids all over the place down there of bands who’ve done CHS sessions previously. I imagined these bands recording, then being blasted into outer space. “What will outer space feel like?”, I wondered. Am I in outer space?

5. What’s happening? What are your current/upcoming shows or releases?

My band and I are working on a new record. We’re doing a little bit of everything right now. Just spent two days out at Key Club Recording Company in Benton Harbor, MI with our Engineer Tim Iseler and his new life partner in crime, Marketa Irglova. She sang some amazing harmonies on a couple of songs we’re working on and made a mean home made Tomato Cream Soup. Still plenty of writing to do, we’re planning for a spring 2013 release. Been thinking / reading about successful bank robbers and whirling dervishes. In other news, I’m playing a really interesting music festival here in Chicago on Aug 13 called Found Sound . It’s a site specific series of performances in Ukrainian Village. You grab a map and bike around to experience shows in garages, backyards, or the Duk’s hot dog stand patio, which is where I’m playing. Also finishing up a residency at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar in Bridgeport on Aug 14..

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Erik Roldan writesNeon Marshmellow Fest

Chicagoans pride themselves on their summer music festivals. Whether it be mega-fests like Lollapalooza or The Pitchfork Music Festival that draw music fans in from around the country, or the myriad neighborhood street festivals which book local acts and world renowned performers on the same bill, the residents of the windy city are pampered when it comes to these fair-weather extravaganzas.

Now, we can add experimental music to the plot of our summer blow-outs. Debuting last year at the Viaduct Theater, the Neon Marshmallow Fest gives the oft-neglected crafters of experimental sound their own forum. While last year’s marathon edition eroded the ear canals of hardcore audiophiles with sets bleeding from day into night, this year’s festival scales back the endurance level while dialing up the sonic intensity with three nights of an augmented quad stereo sound stage at the Empty Bottle.

CHIRP Radio’s David Wicik got a chance recently to catch up with festival organizers Matt Kimmel and Dan Smith.

CHIRP: What is your background? How did you get into the experimental music scene in Chicago?

Dan Smith: I’m an MRI technician currently. As far as the music scene goes, I used to play a lot of piano, I didn’t really play with anybody, and then I started playing with this one guy and I thought I was doing some different things with instruments and sound and he was like, “Yeah that’s this whole other thing.” You know, I thought I had invented something, and he corrected me. So I started delving into the experimental scene more and more and I loved it.

Matt Kimmel: I do the video site Acid Marshmallow where I just video a lot of shows around town. Before that I had put out some records and worked on college radio and everything. And through the site I had videoed a lot of stuff. I met this guy (Smith) when I had booked him for a show at my old apartment and we’ve been chillin’ since then.

CHIRP (To Smith): So do you still perform?

DS: Yeah, I used to play as Red Electric Rainbow and have since dropped that. Now I just like to play by myself and collaborate with people more, and improvise when I’m playing by myself.

CHIRP (To Smith): Any recent collaborations we should know about?

DS: I play with my ex-roommate Ryan Schupak a lot, and I’ve played with two of the guys from Green Pasture Happiness a couple of weeks ago.

CHIRP: So I was going to ask about Acid Marshmallow since I assume that that was the jumping off point for this festival…

MK: Actually, this guy (Smith), last year, he had gone to the Viaduct Theater, where we had it last year, before we had the fest, and he talked to them about how it was such a great venue that we should have a festival there. And we were already friends at that point, and he had mentioned the idea of the fest, and I was like, “Yeah, that’s really cool, you know, there’s not anything like that in Chicago right now.” And he asked me if I wanted to help out. So we decided to go with it and it worked out pretty awesomely last year.

CHIRP: So what was the original inspiration then, to have the festival?

DS: There were a couple of artists I just wanted to see, and I thought it would be cool to bring them to Chicago and try to see if it would work, to see if people would respond to it. And they did.

CHIRP: You know, I feel like this is a feeling that a lot of music fans have, like “Oh man, if only I could bring these three artists,” yet for the most part the idea stops right there. So what you think helped you to follow through?

DS: Well I asked the venue and they said they were cool with it, and then I asked a couple artists and they were in, so I was like, “Well, I guess there’s no turning back now, I might as well try and make it happen.” I also got some advice along the way from people who had done shows before. I put in a ton of work. Matt put in a ton of work…

MK: There are just so many good artists in experimental music that don’t get a chance to play in Chicago. And just the idea of getting these guys out here that usually don’t have the chance, and just giving them a reason to have a bunch of people come out and see them. Experimental music can be tough sometimes, a lot of shows are not well attended. Touring it can be tough, a lot of venues won’t book it, it’s always alt. venues, and a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to tour. The fest gave people a good reason to come out to Chicago, and tour on their way out from all over.

CHIRP: That being said, how difficult was it to organize? Did you have existing relationships built up with these people?

DS: I really didn’t. Like I said, I’m pretty new to the scene. So, I started booking it before Matt was fully onboard, and I talked to a bunch of people that he knew that didn’t know me, and I mentioned that I knew him, and Matt was like, “Yeah, no, I’m involved it’s going to be cool.” But at the beginning there I was virtually unknown, just some guy sending an e-mail. But it seemed to work out pretty well, everyone was pretty responsive to the idea. So once I got a couple artists booked, it seemed to fall into place much easier. It actually ended up that more people wanted to play than we were asking.

MK: Yeah, I really think a lot of people want to play in Chicago, but don’t get the chance. So with the fest, it seemed like a lot of people were receptive because they just wanted to come out here.

CHIRP: How many of the acts playing the Neon Marshmallow Fest are local?

MK: Only two this year, right?

DS: There’s Beau (Wanzer), Sam (Prekop), Quam’s (Dave Quam aka Massacooramaan) deejaying, and then the Zerang trio (Michael Zerang, Michael Colligan and Jim Baker)…

MK: And Tiger Hatchery.

DS: And Tiger Hatchery, so we have five, and well John MacEntire’s deejaying.

MK: Yeah, definitely not as many as last year. The thing that we wanted to do this year, like our main objective, was we wanted to get people in town that have either never played here before, haven’t played here for like five to ten years, or like, the Chicago artists that are playing weren’t involved in the fest last year, like Beau. Except Tiger Hatchery is a return, but only on the idea that they had broken up. One of their members had left Chicago seven or eight months ago and he’s a really great guy and really supportive of the scene. He booked shows at The Mopery. And I wanted to just make sure that they had a chance to play in Chicago. But we just wanted to bring something very different, so people would have a chance to see something out of the ordinary. (Sunday headliner) Morton Subotnick is a very rare show. He just started playing again, he’s played two shows this year. But prior to that he had taken like a ten year break. And he’s a legend that a lot of people haven’t ever had the chance to see.

CHIRP: Describe the experience of an average festival-goer to the Neon Marshmallow fest. What is the energy level like?

DS: Well last year was like…

MK: A mindf#ck.

DS: Yeah, there were one hundred and five performances in four days.

MK: One of the days featured over thirteen hours of nonstop music. It was a true marathon. But last year, and this year, I think the cool thing about it is that even though everything falls under the umbrella of experimental music, there’s no one who is really doing the same thing as the other. So there will probably be some catchy, head-bobbing sets, and then there will be some walls of harsh noise. Another one of our hopes is that people who have heard of one or two of the artists, like Oneohtrix Point Never, you know there’s a lot of stuff on the bill, even on the Saturday bill, the night he’s (Daniel Lopatin) playing, that they would like, if they gave it a chance. And that’s the thing about experimental music, it’s really a great live medium. When you go to a performance, you really experience the music.

DS: You have to experience it live. A harsh noise wall live, it’s one thing to listen to it at home on your speakers and dismiss it, it’s another thing to go and hear it live.

MK: Yeah, and actually, the Empty Bottle has pretty great sound in my opinion, but we’re actually upping the sound. We’re getting extra speakers and extra subs. It’s going to be pretty incredible. Sets will be in quad stereo.

CHIRP: Can you describe quad stereo for the non-music geeks?

DS: We’re just going to move around more. You’re going to feel the music in other directions. Instead of just coming at you, you’re going to feel it behind you and beside you.

MK: Not just the left-right channel, a left front, a left back, a right front and a right back.

DS: It’ll be a more panoramic sound.

MK: And the Subotnick set, he’s doing his composition specifically for the quad stereo. So it will be…electric, it will be incredible.

CHIRP: If you had to pick one performer at the fest whose set is most likely to help you achieve Nirvana, who would it be?

MK: This is a toughie. They all probably could. I like all these bands so much. Subotnick is pretty f#cking incredible. He pretty much mapped out and invented the idea of a synthesizer. He’s been making music since the ’50s.

DS: Yeah, he really opened the door for what we hear out there right now.

MK: Yeah, I don’t want to cop out and call the headliner the one to make me achieve Nirvana. Really they’re all going to be great.

DS: Last time I saw Outer Space was pretty intense; it was just climax after climax, after climax.

MK: And he’s (John Elliott) actually, on top of using the quad stereo, he’s
actually bringing his own PA on top of it.

DS: Yeah, John really understands sound. All the tours that Emeralds did and all the shows he played, you can tell he really paid attention to what the sound guys were doing and then refined that and built on that, because when he plays live, you can really tell the difference. Sound is not good enough for him.

MK: I feel like that set is going to be very physical. But I think also The Rita set is going to be like that, as far as panic attack levels of bass. He’s (Sam McKinlay) like every sound at once, like a sheet of sound.

Neon Marshmallow Fest is currently underway (June 10-12) at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western). Tickets are still available for Saturday and Sunday night!

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