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Concert Mon Nov 29 2010

Step into a Crystal World


This week's Monday night free show at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) is chock-a-block with witchy endeavors. In support of their new double CD, The Crystal World (Utech Records), Locrian perform a set of their increasingly idiosyncratic weaving of metal, drone, noise, kraut, and minimal synth, and also debut a video program for the album's release. Once a band that seemed to subsist on split cassettes, Locrian now traffics almost entirely in definitive statements -- their last four records, including Rhetoric of Surfaces, Drenched Lands, Rain of Ashes, and Territories, all staked claim in a massive uncharted territory, and the new double CD will no doubt dominate the icy northern regions.

Meanwhile, long-running metal/goth/industrial project Anatomy of Habit, though well-rehearsed and playing several powerful shows around town, have yet to release anything to prove their power to people unable to travel to the Midwest. Their long, dirge-y songs would be happily lodged for months at a time in the home stereo system of any doom/metal fanatic.

Cellist Helen Money casts a similar iron-gaze into the void, her multi-voiced cello piercing like a lead guitar or grinding like a rhythm backhoe.

9 p.m., and FREE.

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Pinto and the Bean / November 30, 2010 12:39 AM

This actually seems like a nice change from the usual Monday nights at Empty Bottle. It's always a good time, but we haven't seen any metal/goth shows there, which would have been a nice change. Too bad for the downpour of rain and the fact that we read this too late.

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Our Final Transmission Days

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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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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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