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Concert Wed Mar 24 2010

The Last Temptation of Sissy

If you only know the Viaduct Theater's sign from driving or riding your bike past it on the overpass at Western and Belmont, you might not expect the four-way merging of music, film, art, and theater that passes through the unassuming front doors.

This Friday, the Viaduct (3111 N. Western; yes, under the overpass) will host one of its semi-regular evenings of experimental electronics, featuring touring acts Sissy Spacek (featuring noise/metal jack-of-all-trades John Wiese [also formerly of Sun o))) and Bastard Noise]) and the ad-hoc pairing of Gerritt Wittmer and Paul Knowles. Opening the show will be Chicago's own legendary dark ambient/industrial noise pioneers Illusion of Safety, a group withloose borders that revolves around IOS mastermind Dan Burke (and one featured a young Jim O'Rourke).

The Sissy Spacek project (no relation) is rooted in a grindcore aesthetic (featuring leather-lunged sasquatch Corydon Ronnau on vocals) but wanders outside of genre conventions with a purposeful aimlessness, drifting into non-ionized particles of noise, scraping and clatter before instantaneously launching into blurry, gore-spewing thrash, abruptly starting, stopping, deliberately shattering momentum, again and again. Their records share only the thinnest of continuity lines, mostly based around unexpected, unconventional editing techniques. Their live shows tend to be a lot faster and heavier.

The unexpected pairing of Gerritt Wittmer (purveyor of solo project Gerritt and owner of the Misanthropic Agenda label) and England's Paul Knowles (formerly of legendary '90s UK noise project Dachise and later of the Digitariat) in some sort of shadowy collaboration is the biggest mystery of the night. One listener at their show in Cleveland had this to say: "gerritt wittmer + paul knowles performed The Silver Cord and it was one of the very best and most profound performances i have ever experienced - TOTAL MINDBENDER -"

If you've got a taste for profundity, you can thank your lucky stars, because tickets to transcendence are a whopping $5 and the show starts at 10:30; plenty of time to get dinner, have a drink or two, and say goodbye to your loved ones for all time before you cross over into the next phase of existence.

There might even be time to stop at an all-night Taqueria on the way home.

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paul knowles / March 27, 2010 1:32 PM

fyi- The Paul Knowles who performs with Gerritt Wittmer is an american and not "formerly of legendary '90s UK noise project Dachise and later of the Digitariat." Just to make that clear:)

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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:

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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