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Contest Fri Sep 25 2009

Os Mutantes @ The Subterranean -- and a Contest!

51777.jpgI have to admit, I was only faintly familiar with Os Mutantes before they headlined The Pitchfork Music Fest in 2006. I had heard the name, but never ventured in to the realm of '60s Brazilian Psychedelia. Everyone was freaking out over this band and I knew that I had been missing something wonderful. Kurt Cobain begged them to open for Nirvana in the early '90s. When Beck released Mutations in 1998, the title was in ode to this band. Os Mutantes' influence was slowly brought in the mainstream and the term Tropicalia became part of the indie rock lexicon. It took the band reuniting to get them all over mix CDs and to my ears.

I was at Pitchfork three years ago with my friend who knows music like no one's business. She set me straight on what a powerful band they are. In addition to making some of the most amazing experimental music of the '60s and '70s the band has survived imprisonment, artistic oppression, and exile during a military coup. Yet though all this turmoil, they produced joyous music matching the anger and passion that stemmed from the Tropicalia movement. They just released their first album in 35 years on Anti Records entitled Haih or Amortecedor and play this Sunday at the Subterranean. They have proved themselves as music legends whose stories are gifts to be heard.

We live in exciting times when a band with such a rich and important history plays an intimate venue. I expect to be there in awe and awaiting an experience 35 years in the making.

Os Mutantes play Sunday, Sept. 27 at The Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave. Doors at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:30. Brooklyn Spanish-pop band Deleon opens. The show is 17+. Tickets are $25 but we've got an opportunity for you to win a pair of tickets for free! Just email with "Mutations" in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. We'll choose one entry at random at 5pm today. Update: We have a winner! Congratulations, Oscar!

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Clayton "Mutations" Roche / September 25, 2009 4:01 PM

I'm gonna leave a comment. 'cause maybe you'll forget you said e-mail and not comments and then I'll win!

(Ok ok comment fail. I just need SOMETHING to get me through this last half hour of work. It's killing me. As I type this, my life is leaving my body. OH DEAR GOD IT'S ONLY BEEN 1 MINUTE SINCE I STARTED WRITING THIS.)

James / September 26, 2009 12:07 PM

There should be a footnote that Os Mutantes in 2009 has just one original member.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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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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  & Shops:

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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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