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I have to admit I did a double take when I first saw this listing: they're tempting fate again? The history of Silver Apples, the New York ur-electronica duo famed (by indie-psych standards, at least) for two almost painfully great late-60s albums, is so riddled with bad luck that even their triumphs seem almost cruel in retrospect. Two and a half decades after they imploded due to label trouble, synth genius Simeon Coxe helped fix the Apples' place in history with an exhilarating mid-90s resurgence; when original drummer Danny Taylor reappeared in '98, bearing long-lost tapes of their never-released third LP, they got in a few remarkable reunion shows before a van accident broke Coxe's neck, leaving him partially paralyzed. Over several years of physical therapy, Coxe relearned how to play his notoriously crotchety homemade gear--but in 2005 Taylor suffered a fatal heart attack. You could forgive Coxe for taking that as a hint, but here he is, out on a rather taxing 12-date tour. Even if he never makes another record, he deserves a hero's welcome tonight. Warhammer 48K, the Moon Upstairs, and Skarekrau Radio open. a 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $12, $10 in advance. --Monica Kendrick

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