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This weekend: Turkeypalooza, Boris

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College radio station WLUW (88.7-FM) is presenting what it hopes will become an annual post-Thanksgiving celebration Saturday at the Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace. "Turkeypalooza" starts at 10 p.m. and includes local music scene favorite Time Bomb Symphony, the Handcuffs, the Elms and Kevin Junior of the Chamber Strings, all guaranteed to shake you from your tryptophan stupor. Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door; for more information, visit or call (773) 478-4408.

One of the standout acts at last summer's Pitchfork Music Festival--and not only because their earth-shaking volume and the giant gong--Japanese noise-rock/doom-metal mavens Boris return to the States to headline a strong bill starting at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western. Clouds and Poison Arrows open, and tickets are $15. For more information, call (773) 276-3600 or visit

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I caught Time Bomb Symphony a couple weeks ago at the Beat Kitchen and was surprised (okay, blown away actually) to see that Ted and Mike from Material Issue are now in the band. That would explain why they were tighter than Beyonce's unitard.

As far as the bill for Turkeypalooza goes, it's four of the coolest bands around all playing on one night for less than ten bucks!

A great night out for those of us stuck in town for the holiday weekend.

Just sayin'.


I saw Boris during their very 1st US tour back in 2006 when they opened for Sunn O))). I was floored on how amazingly loud and awesome they are live. I got another chance to see them last July at the Bottle with Torche and Chicago based Nachtmystium. They're definitely up there with Boredoms, Acid Mothers Temple and Melt Banana in terms of amazing creative output from a Japanese point of view and a ferocious live show. Definitely bring earplugs.

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