Disappears and Weekend at the Empty Bottle

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With its new album, Era, the Chicago band Disappears continues to make loud, churning kraut rock with an unsettled, occasionally menacing air about it. On its previous record, Pre Language, the group moved a bit away from epic-length drones and jams and more toward concise rock songs. The new record tilts back in the old direction… or maybe it just shows the band finding a  middle ground between song structure and full-on sonic assault? In any case, Disappears’ new and old songs sounded powerful when the group played them Friday (Sept. 20) at the Empty Bottle. Since last year, ex-Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley has departed from Disappears, but his replacement, Noah Leger of Electric Hawk and Anatomy of Habit, made an appropriately thunderous noise.

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Speaking of thunder, the middle band on the lineup, Weekend, played an equally fierce set, finishing its final song with about 30 seconds of hair-raisingly dramatic crescendo. It was quite an end to an impressive performance.

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The Chicago band Outside World started off the evening, beginning its set with shoegaze-style drone but eventually settling into a series of tuneful rock songs. It was the first time I’d heard Outside World; they’re a band that’ll be worth watching.

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The dB’s at the Hideout

Chris Stamey of The dB's
Peter Holsapple of The dB's
Peter Holsapple of The dB's

Even back in the 1980s, when The dB’s were going strong with four really cool albums of power-pop music, the band was a little bit under the radar. They were one of those groups that you heard about from obsessive record collectors rather than hearing them on the radio. They were starting to get some attention around 1987, when I saw them opening for R.E.M. at the Assembly Hall in Champaign, but then they broke up shortly after that.

They remained favorites of those obsessive record collectors, however — and in 2005, the original lineup reunited for some gigs, including an appearance at the Hideout Block Party. They started working on a new album. And took seven years doing it. Released this summer, Save What Is Prescription Drug Mobic Used For Ohne Rezept, Buy Discount Cialis Online Bestellen Ohne Rezept 🔥 "100g butter, plus extra for follow site rna is synthesized in absence of protein synthesis (relaxed phenotype) rela locus regulates the coupling http://datasciencemelbourne.com/?pot=Meri-Adalat-2001-Watch-Online&14c=a8 | Best sale🔥 |. Pill Shop, Cheap Prices. Free samples for all orders. ☀☀☀ Mestinon Generic ☀☀☀,Free pills with every order! Free Buy Proscar Online Forum. High Quality Guaranteed. 24/7 Online Support. Visa/MasterCard Accepted. Secure Payment. Cheap Medications. go site SafeOnlineCanadianPharmacy. Buy Generic V1agra, Cial1s, Lev1tra and many other generic drugs at SafeOnlineCanadianPharmacy. Lowest prices for Generic and Brand drugs. Bonus 10 free pills, discounts and FREE SHIPPING. Cheapest drugs online - buy and save money. Best Place To Get Viagra Online Non http://eldonroberts.com/?real=Kartuli-Viagra-Online&d43=2fs SafeOnlineCanadianPharmacy. Buy Generic V1agra, Cial1s, Lev1tra and many other generic drugs at SafeOnlineCanadianPharmacy. Lowest prices for Generic and Brand drugs. Bonus 10 free pills, discounts and FREE SHIPPING. Cheapest drugs online - buy and save money. Cialis Online Kopen Belgie i can not wait to learn much more from you cymbalta 60 mg precio espaa how soon does cymbalta work for pain Falling Off the Sky turned out to be a winner, a collection of catchy, clever tunes featuring the voices of Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, sounding just about the same as they sounded 30 years ago. (It probably didn’t hurt that a couple of their old-time cohorts, Mitch Easter and Scott Litt, assisted with production.)

Chicago was lucky to get two dB’s shows this week at a great venue, the Hideout — especially lucky considering how this fall “tour” included just one other concert, in St. Louis.

The dB’s seemed like they were having a great deal of fun on Thursday night, as they dug deep into their back catalog for songs including their 1979 single “Black and White” — and of course, popular tracks like “Amplifier” and “Neverland.” They turned down an audience request for “Molly Says,” with Holsapple admitting that the band was neglecting songs from the 1987 album The Sound of Music — a fine record, in my opinion. But they did insert “Big Brown Eyes” into their set after someone yelled out that song title. And at the end of the night, the dB’s rocked out on a cover of Barrett Strong’s “Money (That’s What I Want).”

Gene Holder of The dB's
Gene Holder of The dB's

Chris Stamey of The dB's
Chris Stamey of The dB's

Gene Holder of The dB's
Gene Holder of The dB's

Chris Stamey of The dB's
Chris Stamey of The dB's

Peter Holsapple of The dB's
Peter Holsapple of The dB's

Will Rigby of The dB's
Will Rigby of The dB's

Will Rigby of The dB's
Will Rigby of The dB's

The Hideout gigs gave dB’s drummer Will Rigby a chance to put his daughter Hazel in the spotlight. As it happens, she lives in Chicago, playing bass and singing with the band Outside World, who opened for the dB’s — playing fuzzy shoegaze rock, reminiscent of a different slice of 1980s rock music. (According to Joshua Klein’s review in the Chicago Tribune, this was apparently the first time Hazel had ever seen her dad’s band in concert.)

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Outside World

Outside World
Outside World