Kranky 20th Anniversary, Grouper, Benoît Pioulard, Christopher Bissonnette, Justin Walter – Tickets – Constellation – Chicago, IL – December 13th, 2013
Kranky 20th Anniversary, Grouper, Benoît Pioulard, Christopher Bissonnette, Justin Walter

Kranky 20th Anniversary

Grouper

Benoît Pioulard

Christopher Bissonnette

Justin Walter

Fri, December 13, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Constellation

Chicago, IL

$18.00

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Kranky 20th Anniversary
Kranky 20th Anniversary
Seminal Chicago label, Kranky celebrates 20 years of existence
Grouper
Grouper
Grouper is the solo project for electro-acoustic ambient/noise musician Liz Harris, of Portland, Oregon. Harris' music is a mixture of softly-strummed guitar, Wurlitzer keys, and her delicate, dreamy vocals, all of which are heavily drenched in reverb.

Harris' first album was 2005's Grouper, a self-released full-length CD-R, followed later that year by Way Their Crept on Free Porcupine (re-released in 2007 on Type Records). Other recordings include 2006's He Knows, released as a 3" CD, the 12" Weird Forest release Wide in 2007, and a 7" called Tried.

She released a collaboration album with Xiu Xiu in 2006, entitled Creepshow, as well as contributing a remix of "Tonite & Today" to 2007's Remixed & Covered compilation.

Harris released her third full-length album, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill, in 2008. Stereogum's Outsiders column included Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill in their Best LP's of 2008, and Gorilla vs. Bear ranked the album #2 of the year, noting that "2008 was a banner year for hazy, ethereal dream-pop (see Beach House, Fight Bite, High Places, School of Seven Bells, Chairlift, etc.), with Grouper's devastatingly beautiful Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill firmly implanting itself at the pinnacle of the broad genre." It featured at number 37 of Pitchfork Media's 50 Best Albums of 2008 – a previous review on the site praised the album as "druggy and sexy and arty and pretty". A review on Drowned in Sound called it "deeply meditative, almost spiritual... one of the most delicate, affecting albums of the year".
Benoît Pioulard
Benoît Pioulard
Since a young age, Thomas Meluch has been fascinated by natural sounds and the textures of decay. He began playing piano before his feet could reach the pedals, and for more than a decade has sought to create a unique sonic environment by combining remnants of pop song structures with the lushness and unpredictability of field recordings. A veteran drummer of a half dozen bands and an avid collector of instruments and analog devices, Meluch relies on guitar and voice as the bases for his work as Benoît Pioulard.
Justin Walter
Justin Walter was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI. His most recent explorations are centered around the Electronic Valve Instrument, a rare wind controlled analog synthesizer. After spending a few years exploring the instrument at home and on the road, he saw two releases for the Life Like label. First was the WALTER double cassette(2012) and then the Dark Matter 12"(2013). His most recent release with this project is Lullabies & Nightmares, out on Kranky May 27, 2013.

In addition to developing and releasing his own material, Walter has worked with many bands and artists over the last decade, including Nomo, Iron & Wine, Wild Belle, Sinkane, His Name is Alive, Saturday Looks Good to Me, Skeletons, Megan Byrne, AUNTS, Scott Gwinnell, and Randy Napoleon.
Venue Information:
Constellation
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618