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A Yacht Rock Christmas

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There are plenty of reasons why the no-budget online comedy series Yacht Rock was so successful. Nostalgia, wit, novelty--and most of all the way it indulged our sneaking suspicion that the people who make the smoothest, mellowest music are the slimiest, most treacherous ones. Hard rockers already like to style themselves as action heroes, so it's barely funny to imagine them on an espionage mission--you need to go with, say, Loggins & Messina. The series is over and I don't think the cow has much milk left, but this show aims to squeeze out the last drop. There's no one in Chicago I'd rather see take on the Yacht Rock aesthetic than headliners Bobby Conn and Monica BouBou--they've been doing it for years, after all, and still have lots of dimensions to uncover. Opening act Fashion Dictator is a spin-off of Panicsville, which is as anti-yacht as it gets, so I'm curious to see what comes out. The Empty Bottle site warns that the show will probably sell out--in fact I expect it to in more ways than one, which is part of the charm. Yacht Rock episodes will screen after the sets, and the Soft as Fuck Beta Team spins throughout. a 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $10, $8 in advance.

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