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Concert Mon Jul 02 2007

Chicago is Creepy

She sends shivers down your spine with her mega-watt voice and incandescent harmonies, holds you in the palm of her hand with a sparkling, tongue in cheek sense of humor. She's Jenny Owen Youngs, and Chicago was graced with her magnetic presence last night at Schuba's.

"Hello Chicago," she said in her gentle, understated manner, taking the stage dressed hip and casual in a yellow t-shirt emblazoned with the words "Community Chest" (from Monopoly), a blue skirt, and yellow Converse sneakers. In response, the Chicago audience, a bit shy in warming up to her, but enthusiastic all the same, greeted her with a genuine but delayed kind of awkward cheer. "Chicago is creepy," she noted wryly, making the audience laugh.

It's hard to decide which was better last night: Owen Young's pop culture satire or her music – as she was at the top of her game in both. Highlights were her assaults on Justin Timberlake and Avril Lavigne, as well as songs from her album, Batten the Hatches (recently re-released by Nettwerk Records). The irreverent and poetic "Fuck was I" was as equally enthralling as the upbeat honky tonk in "Coyote." Then there were the musical montages – the artist blending two songs together in a parody. Bits of "Milkshake" by Kelis Roger-Jones were mixed in with Kelly Clarkson's "Since You’ve Been Gone," to hilarious effect. She ended the show with her namesake finale: an unabashed rendition of Nelly's "It’s Getting Hot in Herre," with a bit of "Wonderwall" by Oasis thrown into the chorus.

"Chicago is the best place to play, because of you, but don’t tell other cities that," she told the audience, in response to them being eagerly engaged in her antics, every step of the way. "In New York everybody would be too busy smoking." We’ll wait anxiously for super-cool chick Jenny Owen Youngs to come back to "creepy Chicago" soon—work her magic on us once again.

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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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