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Concert Sat Feb 24 2007

Tonight, and the Week in Preview

The warmer weather may be slow to arrive, but schedules at local venues already appear to be thawing from the usual winter doldrums.

Tonight, Chicago's perennial avant-jazzsters 8 Bold Souls will be playing at Fred Anderson's Velvet Lounge. For those looking for livelier, more dance-friendly fare, afro-house trackmaster Osunlade will be laying down the grooves at Sonotheque this evening. Deeper Soul Recordings associates Josh Deep and Dom Ritmo will also be spinning.

From the way that the Empty Bottle's calendar has shaped up for this coming week, you'd think it was already time for the Four Million Tongues Festival. Firstly, on Tuesday night the Plastic Crimewave Vision Celestial Guitarkestra takes to the stage. For the occasion, Plastic Crimewave sent out an open invite to colleagues and friends, telling them to bring their amps and axes and take part in a Glenn Branca/Rhys Chatham-styled all-guitar ensemble. The maestro claims (tongue-in-cheek, perhaps) that the whole endeavor will be exorcistic in intent, calibrated to chase certain malign spectres from the American cultural landscape. It may not levitate the Pentagon, but it's guaranteed to kick up a caterwauling the designated key of E, no less. Primordial Undermind and Screaming Yellow Zonkers open.

For those enthralled with the weed-choked surrealism of the New Weird America stripe, two pioneering artists of the genre will be appearing at the Bottle this week. Wednesday finds MV & EE (aka Matt Valentine, formerly of Tower Recordings, and Erika Elder) set to play, with Tirra Lirra and Dirty American Organ on the supporting side of the bill. And on Thursday, Charalambides bring their haunted backwoods dronescapes to the venue, with Zelienople and Goldblood kicking things off by way of the warm-up. Check the Bottle's website for complete details.

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Our Final Transmission Days

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Alarm Magazine
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Tonic Room
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