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Adventures in Modern Music

The annual collaboration between the Empty Bottle and the Wire features the Rhys Chatham Trio, Bill Orcutt, Sleep, Rangda, Buke & Gass, High Places, and others.


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Copresented by British music magazine the Wire and the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western), Adventures in Modern Music runs Wed 9/8 through Sun 9/12—overlapping with the inaugural Chicago version of the electronic-music festival Sonar (Thu 9/9-Sat 9/11 at Pritzker Pavilion and the Chicago Cultural Center) and earning it the appellation "Edition Sonar." As in years past, most of the shows are at the Bottle, but a few happen elsewhere: the fest opens with a concert by the Rhys Chatham Trio, John Wiese, and Bill Orcutt at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago) on Wed 9/8, and on Thu 9/9 psychedelic doom-metal masters Sleep headline a much-anticipated date at the Logan Square Auditorium (2539 N. Kedzie). The lineups of the three final shows, all at the Bottle, tend to juxtapose dissimilar acts, exposing listeners to music they may not have come to hear. Highlights include Rangda, Efterklang, Buke & Gass, High Places, Wooden Shjips, Ahleuchatistas, and Cave; the club will also host installations by artist Seldon Hunt, best known for his work with the Southern Lord label. Tickets range from $10 to $25. For more info, call 773-276-3600 or visit

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