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Throbbing Gristle, Emeralds Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., April 25, 7 & 10 p.m. 2009

Very few artists can fairly claim to have invented a genre and then drowned it in the bathtub. But Throbbing Gristle—Genesis P-Orridge, Peter Christopherson, Chris Carter, and Cosey Fanni Tutti—not only established the template for industrial music more than three decades ago with their brutally distorted tape loops, lyrics discoursing upon various unwholesome pre­occupations, and visual references to Nazi death camps and urban dysphoria, but also promptly deflated it with their masterstroke, 1979’s 20 Jazz Funk Greats, making disco beats, Martin Denny-influenced atmospherics, and perky electronic melodies that sound even creepier than the noisy stuff. TG disbanded in 1981, but its members remained active (and provocative) in Psychic TV, Coil, and Chris & Cosey. They reunited in 2004, and their most recent album, Part Two: The Endless Not (Mute), is a pretty mixed bag: the purely electronic soundscapes and the death-disco workout “The Worm Waits Its Turn” exert the old radioactive allure, but P-Orridge’s attempts at balladry fall flat. On each of Throbbing Gristle’s two nights in Chicago, the final dates of their first American tour since 1981, they’ll play two shows: for the first they’ll provide a live soundtrack to the 1980 Derek Jarman film In the Shadow of the Sun, and for the second they’ll perform material from every phase of their career. Emeralds open the 10 PM show. —Bill Meyer

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