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Kim Gordon @ NYC's T5 earlier this month w/ Dino. Jr. (more by Gretchen Robinette)

The Museum of Contemporary Art have detailed the remainder of their ongoing, free music series Face the Strange. The series, which is programmed in collaboration with Matthew Hale Clark and Jeremy Lemos of White/Light, will finish off on March 26 with a performance by Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon. She'll actually be joined by White/Light for that performance, and admission is free (for the whole series). For Gordon's show, you'll need to pick up a free ticket at the MCA box office. You can do that starting at 5PM on the night of the show.

Tortoise member, solo musician, and Chicago mainstay Jeff Parker plays a Face the Strange show on January 22, and experimental duo Lucky Dragons play the MCA on February 26.

A few videos are below...

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The Second City are hosting 24-hours of music and improv from the evening of Tuesday, December 6th through the evening of December 7th.

For a decade, The Second City has enlisted Chicago's best improvisers and their musical counterparts to create twenty-four consecutive hours of the best improvised live art you will see in the city. This unique event raises money and gives hope to disenfranchised Chicago families on Christmas day. This year's improvisation will be spearheaded by Second City alums TJ Jagadowski, Tim Baltz and Brendan Jennings.

Improvisational games, scenes and songs inspired by sleep deprivation will accompany performances by the following musical acts:

07:30pm - Jeff Tweedy - live from Minneapolis auctioning a private show
09:30pm - Nina Nastasia
Midnight - The Mountain Goats
03:00am - Jeff Parker
05:00am - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
09:00am - Danielson
11:00am - Nora O'Connor
01:00pm - Robbie Fulks
03:00pm - Helen Money
05:00pm - The Blisters

Tickets to the all ages event will go for $20 each, and be available only at the door on December 6th from 6PM on.

You can also live stream the event, for a suggested PayPal donation of $20. All proceeds will go to Chicago families in need.


No need to wait for the World Music Festival for some "world music." Vieux Farka Touré, son of the late Ali Farka Touré is here tonight (9/7) all the way from Mali (or wherever he lives now) to play a headlining show at SPACE. Tortoise's Jeff Parker will open, and tickets are still available.

You can also catch Touré Thursday (9/8) at the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as part of the opening night celebration of the Ellnora Guitar Festival with Toshi Reagon and BIGlovely, Daniel Lanois' Black Dub, and Russ Barenberg Trio. Other artists playing the multiple day fest include Marc Ribot, Richard Thompson, Calexico, Noveller, Chris Thile, Bill Frisell, Lee Ranaldo, My Brightest Diamond, and Taj Mahal. Full schedule HERE. All Vieux dates are listed below.

Touré's most recent album The Secret came out on May 24th, and features production from Eric Krasno (of Soulive) and guest spots from Derek Trucks and John Scofield, plus the last recorded collaboration with his father. Check out the music video for his track "All the Same" featuring Dave Matthews below.

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