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Jan Terri, Swimsuit Addition, Impala Sound Champions Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Sun., Aug. 12, 9 p.m. 2012

At least since the early 90s, suburban Chicago entertainer Jan Terri has enjoyed flare-ups of notoriety on the strength of her wildly earnest, deliriously silly, and poisonously infectious songs and videos. Over the years all sorts of YouTube posters and bloggers have declared her the maker of the "worst videos in the world," but she's also been hired for a private performance by Marilyn Manson and covered by Yo La Tengo. You can wring your hands about the supposed exploitation of someone who definitely qualifies as an outsider artist, or you can get over yourself and enjoy Terri's performances in the generous spirit with which she gives them. (Last time I heard her Halloween nonhit "Get Down Goblin," it stayed stuck in my head for so long that I started to love it passionately. Haters to the left.) For the past decade, Terri has been mostly sidelined, both by the need to care for her ailing mother and by health problems and medical bills of her own (which her YouTube hits aren't doing much to help her pay). But you can't keep a good self-identified ham down—her current comeback has been in the works for a year, and included her Seattle debut this past spring and an interview and performance on WGN at the end of July. To the best of her recollection, this is her first Chicago show in about ten years, and she has an album's worth of new songs finished—plus a video for the title track, "The Wild One," in the works for this fall. The material I've heard from the album shows her in fine form; if you liked her earlier stuff (for any value of the word "like"), it won't disappoint you. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $7-$10

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