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San Francisco math-rock trio A MINOR FOREST returns to the Empty Bottle for their first Chicago show in over 15 years! Having existed throughout most of the 90s, the band released two critically acclaimed LPs on Thrill Jockey and a bunch of singles whilst gaining a small but loyal following. Noisy and cerebral and possessing the ability to stop, start and shift directions on a dime, A MINOR FOREST's dynamic, intricately crafted songs were played with a primal urgency that made for one hell of a roller coaster ride. The band played an intense, life-affirming set on our stage in 1998 before parting ways later that same year and drifting into relative obscurity. Well, lucky for us (and you!), the trio are reuniting for a few weeks this spring to play a short tour around the U.S. and Thrill Jockey is releasing their two albums, Flemish Altruism and Inindependence, as a limited 4xLP set for Record Store Day 2014. Don't miss what could be your last chance to see this highly-influential band live. One of our favorite local instrumental metal bands, ELECTRIC HAWK proves you don't need many people on stage to create a sonic apocalypse or a singer to make your songs as catchy as the plague. THE HAWK continuously blows us away with their punishing, mathy approach to metal and they're about as loud as it comes, so don't forget those earplugs, kiddies. Comprised of players from Chicago’s experimental and metal scenes, MAKO SICA create beautifully textured songs that walk along the border of experimentation while never losing themselves to mindless abstraction. They open tonight's show and it's their first show here with new member JASMINE LOPEZ on drums.

(BV Chicago) (Impose) (Pitchfork) (Pop Matters) (Sun-Times)



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