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Zelienople bandleader Matt Christensen makes deconstructed slowcore that engrosses with its subtlety

For more than two decades, singer and guitarist Matt Christensen has led Zelienople, a Chicago trio that explores the outer limits of slowcore by dismantling its melodies and song structures. Christensen focuses on similar territory in his solo work—at least, that’s the impression I get from what I’ve heard so far. His Bandcamp page features […]

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Implodes, Tonight, $3

geraldine vo Implodes If you want loud music with a good pedigree for a low price, local quartet Implodes opens for Magical Beautiful at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) tonight at 9; it costs $3 to get in. They’re “all kinds of big guitar damage: shoegaze fuzz blasts, sparkly drone, slicks of tuneful sludge, […]

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8/13: Skygreen Leopards at the Whistler

The Bay Area combo Skygreen Leopards, featuring members of the outre psych-folk collective Jewelled Antler, play a free show at the Whistler in Logan Square tonight. “Guitars jangle over shambling, shuffling percussion, and swelling organ and tinkling piano occasionally color the arid soundscape—the Skygreen Leopards’ sound suggests a back-country American version of Swell Maps,” writes […]