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Ryley Walker, B. Chlapek, Pilcher & Lord Presented by Hitt Rex and Dismal Niche

Ryley Walker
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Most recently having passed through Columbia opening for Andrew Bird, Hitt Records and Cafe Berlin offer up an intimate evening with one of the country's most extraordinarily talented young guitarists. Ryley's albums on labels like Drag City, Dead Oceans and Tomkins Square have been critically lauded by the likes of NPR, The Village Voice, MOJO and tons more for his blending of blues, jazz, Eastern ragas and Americana into accessible and masterfully arranged pieces. 

Ryley on his forthcoming album 'Deafman Glance' 
“I think more than anything the thing to take away from this record is that I appreciate what improv and jamming and that outlook on music has done for me, but I wanted rigid structure for these songs. I don’t want to expand upon them live. There’s a looseness to some of the songs I guess, but I didn’t want to rely on just hanging out on one note. 
I was under a lot of stress because I was trying to make an anti-folk record and I was having trouble doing it. I wanted to make something deep-fried and more me-sounding. I didn’t want to be jammy acoustic guy anymore. I just wanted to make something weird and far-out that came from the heart finally. I was always trying to make something like this I guess, trying to catch up with my imagination. And I think I succeeded in that way — it’s got some weird instrumentation on there, and some surreal far-out words. And it’s more Chicago-y sounding. Chicago sounds like a train constantly coming towards you but never arriving. That’s the sound I hear, all the time, ringing in my ears."

B. Chlapek
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Co-founder of local nonprofit record label and experimental music festival Dismal Niche, Ben Chlapek calls has called Chicago home for the past several years. His work for wurlitzer electric piano and synthesizers through a maze of loops and delays touches on modern neo-classical stylings as well as 70's era minimalism and kosmische musik. 

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