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Concert Wed Jul 16 2014

OOIOO Awe the Crowd at Schubas 7/15/14

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Yoshimi Yokota is no stranger to the creative Japanese music scene having been a pivotal member of Boredoms with Yamatsuka Eye. Fans and critics alike have experienced a challenge in terms of describing OOIOO. Their sound varies from the tribal to the psychedelic. With six band members, they create compositions that are complex and would be chaotic if they weren't incredibly tight.

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Fans of OOIOO have been waiting quite awhile for their return to Chicago and were excited to witness a 75-plus minute set that covered a range of songs from their seven full length albums across the last 17 years. Yoshimi herself exhibited a fantastic energy playing keyboard, trumpet, and guitar and singing. Singing duties were also shared by her five bandmates and she was joined instrumentally with a drummer, a bassist who played a bass without a headstock, and two male band mates that played what looked like a large Asian xylophone with hammers and remarkable rhythm and coordination in time with each other.

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Yoshimi herself was filled with a sense of joyousness and smiles throughout her performance. She seemed very happy to have a nearly sold out audience and excited about the praise and applause the songs garnered. One couldn't help but be in awe of the performance as a whole and all of its instrumental and vocal components -- both those more prominent and those more nuanced. The collective effect was inspiring indeed and well worth seeing. The world of music fans who deeply love and appreciate innovation owe a great deal of respect to OOIOO as well as to Yoshimi herself!

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Classical Fri Jan 09 2015

Pulling Strings: For classical music in Chicago, you got a guy - January 2015

By Elliot Mandel

In memory of my friend, colleague, and arts publicist extraordinaire, Eric Eatherly. He was one of the good ones.

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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


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Chicago Psych Fest @ Hideout

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You're Being Ridiculous @ Davenport's Piano Bar

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Anti-Flag @ Reggies

Sat Jan 31 2015
Winter Ska Meltdown @ Threadless HQ

Sat Jan 31 2015
Winter Block Party for Chicago's Hip Hop Arts @ Metro

Mon Feb 2 2015
Yonatan Gat @ Empty Bottle

Wed Feb 4 2015
Cut Cats Courier Winter Bash @ Empty Bottle

Wed Feb 4 2015
Leo Kottke @ SPACE

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