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Ibeyi with Openers Vicktor Taiwò and The Hit Men 9/23 @ Thalia Hall

The story behind the group Ibeyi (pronounced “ee-bey-ee”) is a one of death, lore, and song. Fittingly, the two sisters named their group with the Yoruba word for “twins.” But naming their sound could get lost in translation.

These two 20-year olds debuted their self-titled release this past winter, partly to honor their deceased father — the Grammy awarded Anga Díaz who played with Buena Vista Social Club. They sing and play downtempo pop music, and yet it sounds like James Blake’s electrified R&B with flavors from French jazz and Cuban folk.

They’ve returned to North American this month for their second tour this year. Amid their successful release off the label XL, NPR has named it named as one of their "25 Favorite Albums of 2015 (So Far)" and Beyoncé posted a clip of her Vogue shoot using Ibeyi’s single “River” to her millions of Instagram followers.

The sister Lisa-Kaindé Diaz sings lead and plays piano, and Naomi plays the traditional Cuban percussion instruments the cajón and the Batá drum. Along with the song "River," another critically acclaimed track includes their first single release, "Oya."

They will perform this Wednesday (9/23) at Thalia Hall after doors open at 7 pm. The London-based singer Vicktor Taiwò will be opening, as well as The Hit Men, which is composed of former members of top bands such as the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli. Unless you're shelling out for the $246.00 seats in the Opera Box, general admission tickets are $21.00 — and either can be purchased here.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

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
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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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Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
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Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
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Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
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Victim Of Time
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Beat Kitchen
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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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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
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