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Concert Thu Mar 22 2012

Rhyton @ The Burlington, 3/27

Chicago's Thrill Jockey Records remains an indie powerhouse, and as of late has been burnishing it's well-deserved reputation for finding and releasing music by wonderfully eclectic and diverse acts, so it is no surprise that they recently added New York's Rhyton to the roster with the release of their eponymous first album, which has entirely sold out its limited LP and CD editions.

That's to be expected, as the album is a gem, one of my favorites so far this year, mixing elements of swirling early '90s desert rock with a heavy dose of jazz-inspired Krautrock, resulting in something that sounds a little like a collection of late-night outtakes from an Ege Bamyasi-era Can studio session. The songs wind and meander organically from one passage to the next, creating a rich, psychedelic sonic pastiche. A collaboration between Dave Shuford (No Neck Blues Band, D. Charles Speer), Jimy SeiTang (Psychic Ills), and Spencer Herbst (Messages, Matta Llama), Rhyton's music tends toward long-form improvisational jams, keeping with the group's roots in casual sessions between the members. Though the debut album is now unavailable in it's physical media editions (MP3s can, and should, still be purchased), Chicago has the good fortune to host the band on one of the dates of their brief current tour.

Rhyton plays Tuesday, 3/27 at The Burlington, located at 3425 W. Fullerton Ave. NYC's Turn To Crime and Chicago's Solar Fox open. Tickets are $8 at the door, and doors open at 9pm.

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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
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Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
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Sound Opinions
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Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
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Beat Kitchen
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Kingston Mines
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The Mutiny
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Park West
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Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
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Symphony Center
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Uncommon Ground
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Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
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Kranky Records
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Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
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Victory Records

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