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Throbbing Gristle finally comes to Chicago (and boy, is Chicago scared!)

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Arguably the most underground, cultish and heroic of all of rock's underground cult heroes, influential gender-bending British art/industrial noise-rockers Throbbing Gristle will play its first ever shows in Chicago this weekend as part of an short, select and ultra-rare U.S. tour. The band will perform four sets next weekend at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, after being relocated from Epiphany Church (allegedly because of "the growing objections from the parishioners," according to the band's Web site) at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, April 25 (both are sold-out), and again at 7 and 10 p.m. Sunday, April 26. (Tickets remain for these shows for $30 through www.emptybottle.com.)

The first of each night's shows will find Genesis P-Orridge and his bandmates playing the soundtrack to Derek Jarman's 1974 film "In the Shadow of the Sun"; the second will feature material from throughout the group's history. For more info, visit www.throbbing-gristle.com.

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