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Concert Sat Mar 29 2014

Photos/Review: Warpaint and Cate Le Bon @ Cabaret Metro 3/28/14

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Few bands have such a defined sound as Warpaint after having released only two full lengths and one EP. The band's sound is somewhere between psychedelic and arty with a balance of both feminine etherea with the vocals, keyboards, and guitar melodies and the muscle made with the combination of bass and drums. The Los Angeles four piece have a way of emphasizing both a lingering richness in their sound as well as a more climactic feel at times. One could make the case that their long songs seem to lack the catchiness of a chorus with a hook but their strange and wondrous moments found deep within the recesses of the music elevate the band overall to be greater than the sum of it's parts.

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Warpaint has this quality that is somewhat mesmerizing and yet difficult to put your finger on. It's as if their music is a thought that managed to vanish or dissolve even though it may have struck you as so profound at that moment. In that way, the filled to capacity/sold out Metro on Friday night was filled with anticipation and hopeful for something truly memorable to infiltrate their limbic systems forever.

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Warpaint played for about 90 minutes total and, though there was ever a sincerity in their notes, there was also a sense of fun at times and a feeling of connection between all four members. It would be silly to try to guess what they were thinking at any given moment but they seemed to be lost in melodies for the most part and, at the same time, enjoying the company of each other even in the midst of the performance. A link to the Warpaint setlist can be found here.

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Cate Le Bon was also a treat and has some psychedelic guitar reminiscences herself. She has the kind of wild eyes that hold light even in a darker room and the kind of cinematic face that makes one think of the way Cindy Sherman could transform and yet make herself ubiquitous all at once. There are more hooks and memorable choruses in Cate Le Bon's music but there is also a similar tone of melancholy that pervades many of the songs and came across live in quite a few of the moments throughout her 40 minute set. Her songs are quite creative in many ways and, though she was backed up by three males behind her to play drums, bass, and keyboards, she herself stole the show with her lovely Welsh voice and guitar playing. It would be amazing to see her someday tour with fellow Welsh rockers Super Furry Animals! It may never happen but one can certainly dream...

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Classical Wed Aug 06 2014

Pulling Strings: For classical music in Chicago, you got a guy - August 2014

By Transmission

Before the main classical season kicks into gear in the next month or two, take advantage of these local artists and ensembles playing throughout the city.

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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
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

  Labels, Promoters
  & 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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The Dutchess and the Duke @ Empty Bottle

Thu Aug 28 2014
Chris Saathoff Benefit @ Empty Bottle

Thu Aug 28 2014
Adam Burke Show @ Hideout

Thu Aug 28 2014
Sun Ra Discussion @ Roosevelt University

Thu Aug 28 2014
Chicago Jazz Festival

Fri Aug 29 2014
The Cooke Book @ Lincoln Hall

Fri Aug 29 2014
The Bad Examples @ Mayne Stage

Fri Aug 29 2014
North Coast Music Festival

Fri Aug 29 2014
Chicago Jazz Festival

Sat Aug 30 2014
J. Davis Trio @ Metro

Sat Aug 30 2014
The Cooke Book @ Lincoln Hall

Sat Aug 30 2014
Kermit Ruffins @ FitzGerald's

Sat Aug 30 2014
North Coast Music Festival

Sat Aug 30 2014
Chicago Jazz Festival

Sat Aug 30 2014
African Festival of the Arts

Sun Aug 31 2014
What's Happening? Block Party @ Longman & Eagle

Sun Aug 31 2014
North Coast Music Festival

Sun Aug 31 2014
Chicago Jazz Festival

Sun Aug 31 2014
African Festival of the Arts

Mon Sep 1 2014
African Festival of the Arts

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