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Preview Thu Jun 12 2014

Goat In a Trance at Thalia Hall, 6/13


Goat's backstory certainly makes an indelible impression. The band hails from Korpilombolo, a rural village in northern Sweden. Calling Goat a 'band', however, is a slight misnomer, at least compared to how the word is typically defined on blogs like this one. Goat is, in fact, the most recent iteration of a collective of villagers playing together in a communal setting, a tradition in the village that stretches back for 40 years. According to the band, the village was originally a vibrant center of voodoo worship before Christian settlers drove the town's original inhabitants from the land. The band says that those exiled from their homes burdened the new arrivals with a curse that has endured throughout the centuries, a curse that informs the music the band makes today.

Whether one believes the backstory is a sign of the supernatural or an expertly spun tall tale, Goat's enigmatic origins nevertheless grant it an aura of mystery in a time that makes maintaining any secrecy nearly impossible. In our hyper-saturated culture, where it can sometimes feel like the blog post precedes the band itself, Goat is keen on keeping anything that would weaken the mystery of the band at arm's length. It's a feeling that is only further strengthened by the fact that all the performers are clad in masks when they play live.

The incredulity over the band's past can sometimes obscure the music, although it too is appropriately unclassifiable. Plenty of pithy genre phrases come to mind when listening to, and trying to describe, 2012's World Music (the band's only release thus far), but those phrases only better serve to illustrate the band's uniqueness by failing to adequately describe their music at all. Comparisons to Fela Kuti and Funkadelic are oft-stated and understandable, but it's best to listen and decide for yourself.

Goat plays the newly opened Thalia Hall on Friday, June 13th, with openers Holy Wave and Outer Minds. Doors are at 6:30, the show begins at 8, and you can purchase tickets, as well as find out additional information about the show, by visiting the venue's website.


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Feature Fri Oct 02 2015

The Empty Bottle's Free Mondays: For The Love Of All That Is Rock

By Zach Blumenfeld

"It'll start picking up around doors, which is at 8:30 or 9," the bartender assures me as I solitarily sip on a Revolution Rosa. Of course, she turns out to be right. It's a Free Monday, after all. This is the Bottle's weekly time to shine in the vibrant Chicago live music scene.

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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

  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


Sun Oct 4 2015
Genevieve @ Subterranean

Sun Oct 4 2015
Cajun Dance Party @ Empty Bottle

Sun Oct 4 2015
Rocktober Beerfest

Mon Oct 5 2015
Chicago Sinfonietta "Tap In. Turn Up."

Tue Oct 6 2015
Mew @ Metro

Wed Oct 7 2015
Mike Krol @ Empty Bottle

Wed Oct 7 2015
Hot Mix Lunch @ Daley Plaza

Thu Oct 8 2015
Tobias Jesso, Jr. @ Empty Bottle

Fri Oct 9 2015
Fall Fest: Harvest Hopdown @ The Plaza

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