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God of Thunder: limited engagement, two nights only!

The last time metal-bashing junk acrobat Z'ev played in Chicago, it was 1986, at a long-gone venue called N.A.M.E. Gallery. The event, captured on a 10" vinyl record housed in two heavy pieces of etched sheet metal and released by Chicago's Crippled Intellect Productions label (now out of print, I believe), played with the resonances of metal (grinding, heaving sounds, atmospheric whines giving way to compressed-air riot-horn shrieks) as well as the pounding sounds of metal against metal, with rhythms that sound like a Scottish pipe & drum percussionist playing the inside of a water tower. In the intervening 21 years, Z'ev has explored many other natural materials and media, creating a living sound-space that links the organic (dude) and the inorganic (stuff) into harmonious confluence (ker-POW!).

Z'ev returns to the Chicago area for the first time since N.A.M.E. Gallery with two shows on two consecutive nights. Tonight, check out Wicker Park's Enemy space (1550 N. Milwaukee Ave, 3rd floor) for Z'ev pt. 1, along with Chicago experimental legend Illusion of Safety, whose own live appearances are rapidly becoming as rare as a $5 pitcher on Saturday night. 9 p.m., suggested donation $10. Tomorrow, the Empty Bottle will also host Z'ev, along with Sikhara (true "nomadic" ritual music ensemble), Vertonen (waves and tones, drones and tight spaces), and Magic is Kuntmaster (one-woman fairytale horrorshow). 9:30, $7 in advance, $10 at the door.

 
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