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Adventures in Modern Music 2012

Five diverse lineups that include black metal, juke, experimental R&B, sound art, spiritual jazz, and ambient electronics


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The Empty Bottle and British music magazine the Wire once again bring Chicago the Adventures in Modern Music festival, with five nights of exciting non­mainstream sounds from several continents. To call the lineup eclectic would be an understatement. LA-based global bass duo Nguzunguzu headline the first show on Wed 10/3, after sets by outsider-music legend R. Stevie Moore, Rob Mazurek's Brazilian-­jazz fusion outfit Sao Paulo Underground, and others. Dark electronic act Demdike Stare (see Soundboard) headlines Thu 10/4, with openers including New Hampshire black-metal band Vattnet Viskar (see Soundboard) and Chicago improvising bassist Joshua Abrams and his Natural Information Society. On Fri 10/5 local experimental R&B duo Supreme Cuts, Krautrock-influenced Texas/London band Shit & Shine, and sound artist Duane Pitre (see Soundboard) are among the performers; on Sat 10/6 Chicago juke DJ Traxman anchors a bill that also includes minimalist composer Sylvain Chauveau and ambient musician Biosphere. The festival wraps up Sun 10/7 with avant-pop group Micachu & the Shapes, Manchester-based producer Holy Other (see In Rotation), drone artist Lee Noble, and more. Tickets for each show must be purchased separately; there are no festival passes. For full lineups and more info, see Fairs & Festivals listings by day, call 773-276-3600, or visit

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