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Chicago Underground Duo, owners of the most literal band name ever, play Trumpet Blossom this Saturday


The Duo perform at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago -- photo by  Erik Abderhalden
The Duo performing at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago — photo by Erik Abderhalden

The Chicago Underground Duo will be playing at Trumpet Blossom Cafe on Saturday, April 26, with local electronic jazz group Jack Lion.

The Chicago Underground Duo is composed of Chad Taylor and multi-instrumentalist Rob Mazurek, two of the busiest musicians in the Midwest. Really, the sheer number of bands these guys have lent their talents to in just the past few years is kind of mind-boggling. Taylor has played the drums with Iron and Wine, the Marc Ribot Trio, Side A, and Digital Primitives, while Mazurek has played in Tigersmilk, Sao Paulo Underground, Exploding Star Orchestra, and Isotope 217.

Despite the demands of all of these projects, Taylor and Mazurek show no signs of slowing down. Seven albums in and The Chicago Underground Duo are still giving “experimental” music a good name, lending a feeling of vitality to the Midwest’s avant-garde scene.

Case in point: listening to their latest record, Locus, and you get the sense that any sound could appear, anything could happen. Jagged synths and metallic drones, delicate thumb pianos and other-worldly cornets, plus Taylor’s constant fluid free jazz drumming fit together in a strange yet compelling way. With decades of improvisational experience, you would be wise to let these two world-class musicians lead you through their fractured musical world.

Tickets are $10, and $5 with a student ID. The show will start promptly at 9:30 p.m.


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