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Modern Radio celebrates 10 years at Turf and Cedar

Chambermaids perform at Turf Club

Chambermaids perform at Turf Club

What do you get when you combine two nights of shows at two separate venues full of friends new and old with vegan cupcakes and cookies, discounted wieners, hot young groupies, masses of paparazzi and ten years of record label history? You get last weekend's Modern Radio 10-year anniversary celebration. If you didn't make both Friday night's show at the Turf and Saturday night's at the Cedar, you missed out on a lot of great music, fun times and a positive, affirming sense of community. More importantly, you missed out on free confections and, as promised, hot young groupies. Sounds dirty, doesn't it? Now you know you want to click through for all the sugary, sordid details.

First, confections! Ever the conscious label, Modern Radio's Friday night Turf show featured both oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and vegan snickerdoodles, baked with love by label partners Tom Loftus and Peter Mielech and presented alongside a portion of the label's catalog for sale at the merch table.

Saturday night's Cedar show offered discounted food from the Wienery for ticket holders as well as free cupcakes (again, in both vegan and non-) courtesy of Miel y Leche Catering and the new Cake Eater Bakery, set to open this spring.

Energized by all this sucrose, two nights of energetic crowds enjoyed music from several label mainstays including ft (the Shadow Government) (who were a treat to see, as with members scattered throughout the Midwest they rarely perform), Daughters of the Sun, Chambermaids, Double Bird and Sheridan Fox on Friday, and Plastic Constellations (ditto on the what a treat, rarely perform sentiment), Skoal Kodiak, STNNNG and Vampire Hands on Saturday.

And paparazzi? They're clearly stalking Vampire Hands bassist Chris Bierden. In other words, several local photographers were on hand to document the events.


All told, anniversary events were full of energy and positivity (including the occasional light-hearted jab from guest emcee Bob Adams of Chicago band Tornavalanche), friendship and community, a testament to the important role Modern Radio has in the last ten years played in the local music scene.

Oh, and groupies. I promised groupies. I believe these are safe to view at work.

This is evidently the best you can get when you're in a Modern Radio band. Very impressive. (Photos of STNNNG/Double Bird drummer Ben Ivascu and groupie? Very NSFW.)

Congratulations, Modern Radio!