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Ashtray Boy is coming back! They've announced a July 11 date at the Empty Bottle, as well as performances on WNUR and WHPK, July 14 and 20 respectively. This venerable indie-pop outfit set a new and confusing standard for global citizenship in the 90s, managing to be a Sydney-based band and a Chicago-based one at the same time. Dozens of Chicago musicians took a turn through the door (including Liz Phair, Mike Hagler, Dave Trumfio, Andy Creighton, Mark Greenberg, Geoff Greenberg, Reader contributor J. Niimi--here's his Australian tour diary from winter 1996--and Carla Bruce, who married the central Ashtray Boy himself, Randall Lee, and wound up being Carla Bruce-Lee, and yes, she's heard all the jokes.) Aptly, lineups will vary throughout the tour, but Chicago will represent significantly better than "and some friend of a friend who says he can play will grace the stage in Vancouver," to quote Randall's press release.