The Books and EKG perform May 7 on the University of Chicago campus
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The Books and EKG perform May 7 on the University of Chicago campus

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Chicago Reader


The Books and EKG perform live in a free show this Saturday on the University of Chicago campus.

10:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7th.

Hutchinson Commons in the Reynolds Club at the University of Chicago, 5706 S. University Ave.

Chicago Reader critic Peter Margasak describes The Books' first two albums as "a breathtaking new kind of chamber pop."

"They relied heavily on digitally chopped-up guitar, cello, banjo, and violin, and once in a while they'd add some vocals (theirs or other people's), but most arresting was the way they uncovered music in sampled chunks of found dialogue. Set amid ingenious, roomy arrangements, the inflections and rhythms of ordinary speech became melodic. "

Chicago Reader critic Bill Meyer describes the works of EKG as "electron micrographs of viruses--initially imperceptible elements [that] turn out to have marvelous shapes."

"As soloists, double reedist Kyle Bruckmann and trumpeter Ernst Karel are versatile and fluent, but as the electroacoustic duo EKG their sound world is scrupulously bounded. Using analog electronics, they generate Geiger-counter blips, shortwave crackles, and lonesome feedback whistles. Their horns, typically routed through effects or amplified so that an intake of breath sounds like a gale-force wind, fit right in; it's a bit of a shock when Karel blows a lovely blue phrase at the beginning of 'Days,' a piece from their new CD, No Sign (Sedimental). "

The show is free to the public.

This event is organized by The Hive, a student performing arts group, and sponsored by Student Government and WHPK 88.5 FM.
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