Brian Patrick Wade Joins Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. As Absorbing Man!


Marvel Entertainment has revealed that “Teen Wolf” actor Brian Patrick Wade has joined the cast of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as Carl “Crusher” Creel, AKA Absorbing Man! As his name implies, Creel’s powers allow him to take on the properties of any surface or object he touches, making him super strong as well as nearly indestructible. You can check out the first official image of Wade in the role below.

Wade joins a number of guest stars for the upcoming sophomore season of the series including Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse, AKA Mockingbird), Lucy Lawless (Agent Isabelle Hartley), Reed Diamond (Daniel Whitehall), Nick Blood (Lance Hunter), Henry Simmons (Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie), and Kyle MacLachlan (Skye’s father).

The “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” cast includes Clark Gregg as fan favorite Phil Coulson, along with Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.

The series is executive produced by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb. Season 1 of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will debut on DVD and Blu-ray on September 9, with season 2 set to premiere on September 23.

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ACE FREHLEY’s ‘Space Invader’ Projected To Sell 17K-20K First Week


“Space Invader”, the first new solo album from original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley in five years, is likely to sell between 17,000 and 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). The chart will be unveiled on Wednesday, August 27.

Ace’s previous CD, “Anomaly”, opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“Space Invader”, which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker”.

Asked what the songwriting process was like for “Space Invader”, Frehley told Guitar World magazine: “You know, all my life I’ve never had a formula for writing songs. Sometimes it starts with a guitar riff, sometimes it’s a lyrical idea or just a melody. Sometimes I wake up with an idea. There’s no rhyme or reason. Sometimes I write on an acoustic, sometimes on a bass. There’s a song on the new album called ‘Into The Vortex’. It’s a riff song, but I wrote it on a bass guitar. Why? Because I write differently with a bass guitar in my hand than an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. When I feel creative, I just sit down and start playing.”

Regarding whether he was writing differently in the early days of KISS, Ace said: “Yes, I wasn’t as structured as I am now. Even though I am not really structured — I’m at least cognizant of what’s going on. [laughs] Back then it was more hit or miss — and when I hit, I hit big. You know, I go back and listen to my 1978 solo record, and it still holds up. My whole body of work that I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time. I know that I still have the goods. And when this record gets released, everybody’s gonna say, ‘Well, Ace did it again.’”

Ace also spoke about the recording process for “Space Invader”, telling Guitar World: “I did most of the recording at my friend’s studio in Turlock, California, called the Creation Lab. Turlock is in the middle of nowhere — it’s like a farming community — and that’s why I loved it. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and there are absolutely no distractions when working at this place. You record for eight or 10 or 12 hours, then you go back to the hotel and go to sleep. You wake up and go back to the studio. There’s nothing else to do there, which means it’s the perfect place for me to record. Plus, I like working with the least amount of people, and this studio is great because it’s quiet and there aren’t all kinds of people walking through. I did most of this record with just me and a drummer, Matt Starr. For a couple of songs I brought in Chris Wyse from THE CULT to play bass.”

On the topic of whether there were things about 2009′s “Anomaly” that he wanted to change with “Space Invader”, Ace said: “I know that everyone is hoping that this album is heavier than the last one, and it is. I’m also doing an instrumental this time, called ‘Starship’, that isn’t slow. It’s a departure from the ‘Fractured Mirror’ style. It’s more fast paced and has a lot of transitions in it.”

Frehley also explained his decision to cover Steve Miller’s “The Joker”, saying: “It was the record company’s idea, to be honest. And I was a little resistant when it first came up. But then I thought back to my 1978 solo record, when [producer] Eddie Kramer’s assistant said to me, ‘Why don’t you try this song?’ And it was ‘New York Groove’. At first I said, ‘I don’t want to do that,’ and it turned out to be my biggest hit. So maybe history can repeat itself.”

The “Space Invader” cover artwork was created by Frehley’s longtime friend, artist Ken Kelly, who designed the iconic cover art for two of KISS’ best-selling LPs “Destroyer” (1976) and “Love Gun” (1977).

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Ace Frehley comments on Gene Simmons controversy/Simmons Twitter Account Shut Down


Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has offered his thoughts on the controversy created by former bandmate Gene Simmons, who suggested that people suffering from mental health issues should give up and commit suicide.

“Gene has single-handedly alienated just about everybody on the planet,” Ace tells Artisan News Service. “First he attacks immigrants, then he belittles poor people by saying ‘be nice to the rich people because we’re the ones that give you jobs.’ Then, he attacks people with depression, alcoholics, drug addicts…the only thing left for him to do is to attack the whole gay movement; I’ve heard him do that in private, so that’s probably still yet to come.”

“I don’t think he makes any sense,” continued the guitarist. “He prides himself on being such an intellectual, he brags about being able to speak 7 languages, but when it comes to being knowledgeable about the human condition…y’know, depression is a very serious disease – I’ve suffered from it in my lifetime, I know my daughter suffers from it. Alcoholism is a disease; so is drug addiction – it’s the disease of addiction. Many people are born that way and Gene just seems ignorant of that whole fact. I think it’s time for Gene to go back to school and get educated in the health field.”

Simmons’ comments about depression and suicide stemmed from a rant against former bandmates Frehley and Peter Criss over their past substance abuse issues, something the bassist has used for years as ammunition against the duo whenever the inevitable KISS reunion question surfaces.

“No, I don’t get along with anybody who’s a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim,” Simmons told Songfacts. “Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: ‘The world is a harsh place.’ My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don’t want to hear fuck all about ‘the world as a harsh place.’ She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I’m depressed, I live in Seattle.’ Fuck you, then kill yourself.”

Simmons offered a public apology on Friday for his recent remarks.

KISS are facing a ban by some radio stations in response to Simmons’ comments, and the hashtag #BanGene was trending on Twitter.

Simmons’ Twitter account was shut down in the wake of intense public reaction to his remarks,

The 64-year-old rocker has been widely criticized for making insensitive comments about depression and suicide after a recent interview surfaced where he told sufferers “f*** you, then kill yourself”.

There’s been no official word on the reason behind the closure, although it does come on the heels of a #BanGene trend on the social media site.

Gene’s wife, Shannon Tweed, has also been flooded with negative feedback in the past few days, writing on Facebook Friday, “Thank you everyone for all the hate messages to ME.”

On Saturday, Tweed may have offered some insight into her husband’s Twitter closure, reportedly writing, “To answer the Gene question, I’d have no idea if by shutting down one’s Twitter account, does it then make it impossible for those that made threatening Tweets to access them and delete them ? If so, that could be the reason. Otherwise, he just might have been instructed by Doc/Paul to shut it down” (referring to KISS manager Doc McGhee and bandmate Paul Stanley).

Tweed followed that note up with a link to an online report stating that Twitter will crack down on trolls after Robin Williams’ daughter was bullied off the network, to which she added “Twitter finally stepping up.”

Frehley has just released his new solo album, “Space Invader.”

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NEW CHICAGOLAND LISTINGS


Ab-Soul Bottom Lounge, 9/28, 8 PM.

Air Supply the Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, 11/28, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Allah-Las, Tashaki Miyaki Lincoln Hall, 11/29, 10 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, noon.

Attila, Crown the Empire House of Blues, 12/8, 6 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Augustines Double Door, 10/10, 8:30 PM, on sale Sat 8/23, noon.

Bad Religion, Anti-Flag Double Door, 9/12, 10 PM.

Joey Bada$$ Metro, 10/2, 7 PM, all-ages.

Being as an Ocean Beat Kitchen, 10/22, 8:30 PM.

Big K.R.I.T. Bottom Lounge, 10/17, 9 PM.

Birthday Massacre Bottom Lounge, 12/14, 6 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Black Milk Reggie’s Rock Club, 10/24, 8 PM.

Guy Blakeslee & Juan Wauters Empty Bottle, 10/18, 6 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Blue Meanies Bottom Lounge, 9/13, 9:30 PM.

B.O.B., Kevin Gates House of Blues, 11/11, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Billy Bragg, Billy the Kid City Winery, 9/12, 9 PM, all-ages.

Cock Sparrer, Stiff Little Fingers Concord Music Hall, 9/12, 9:30 PM.

Cold Specks Schubas, 12/3, 9 PM, on sale Thu 8/21, 10 AM.

Cowboy Mouth House of Blues, 1/23, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Dave Davies City Winery, 11/12-13, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 8/21, noon.

Deicide, Septicflesh Reggie’s Rock Club, 10/15, 6 PM.

Douglas R. Ewart & Inventions Constellation, 9/27, 9:30 PM.

Field Report Schubas, 11/8, 10 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, noon.

The Fixx Mayne Stage, 9/18, 8 PM.

Get Up Kids, Modern Baseball Bottom Lounge, 9/12, 9:30 PM.

Kina Grannis, Imaginary Future Thalia Hall, 10/18, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

David Grisman & Del McCoury City Winery, 11/15-16, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 8/21, noon.

The Hold Steady Cobra Lounge, 9/12, 10 PM.

Bruce Hornsby Thalia Hall, 10/23, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Hot Snakes, Plague Vendor Empty Bottle, 9/13, 10 PM.

Hot Water Music, Dave Hause Metro, 11/5, 8:30 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, noon.

Issues, I Killed the Prom Queen House of Blues, 11/14, 6 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/22, 9 AM.

Jayhawks House of Blues, 10/11, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

KEN Mode, the Atlas Moth Reggie’s Rock Club, 9/8, 5 PM.

Amel Larrieux City Winery, 10/23, 7 and 9:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 8/21, noon.

Lavender Country Lincoln Hall, 11/23, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, noon.

Leopold & His Fiction Beat Kitchen, 9/7, 8:30 PM.

Lucero Cobra Lounge, 9/14, 10 PM.

Pat McLaughlin Band FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 10/11, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, 11 AM.
Mineral Double Door, 9/13, 10:30 PM.

Thurston Moore, Mudhoney Double Door, 9/14, 10:30 PM.

Kacey Musgraves Riviera Theatre, 9/27, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Natural Child Empty Bottle, 11/12, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Passafire Bottom Lounge, 10/25, noon.

Placebo House of Blues, 10/16, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Plumb, David Dunn Logan Square Auditorium, 10/18, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Presets, Antwon the Vic, 10/28, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Primus Concord Music Hall, 9/13, 10 PM.

Raven, Night Demon Reggie’s Rock Club, 11/16, 7 PM.

Reagan Youth, Downtown Brown Reggie’s Rock Club, 11/15, 8 PM.

Savoy Family Band FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 11/2, 7 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, 11 AM.

Sturgill Simpson Thalia Hall, 12/6, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Supervillains, Through the Roots Subterranean, 10/17, 8 PM.

Television Cobra Lounge, 9/13, 10 PM.

Torche The Promontory, 9/25, 9 PM.

Tove Lo Metro, 10/4, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, noon.

Wallpaper Beat Kitchen, 10/14, 8:30 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Watsky Metro, 11/15, 7 PM, all-ages.

Whiskey Shivers Schubas, 10/22, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, noon.

Whitechapel, Upon a Burning Body Bottom Lounge, 11/6, 5:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon the Vic, 12/30-31, on sale Fri 8/22, 10 AM.

Andrew W.K. (DJ set) Beauty Bar, 9/13, 8 PM.

Wytches Schubas, 10/31, 10 PM, on sale Fri 8/22, noon.

UPDATED LISTINGS
Pine Leaf Boys FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 9/18, 9 PM, canceled.
 

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CD REVIEW: Prude Dark age of consent

Metropolis Records on September 23 worldwide

I wasn’t sure what to expect pulling this album up after so many years of not hearing new material from Chemlab or Jared Louche. I was told by a third party that it was recorded at Abbey Road. My first thought was “how the fuck did he break into Abbey Road?”. For those not familiar with Jared Louche and Chemlab, he’s got a pretty interesting story. Here are a few quick notes…
Chemlab’s first album Ten Ton Pressure was recorded in a reputable museum late at night under “suspect” circumstances.

Burn out at the hydrogen bar’s cover may or may not have a picture that might have arrived there under less than ethical ways.

East Side Millitia is cold, clinical and steely like a machine gun blast from the future.

Jared’s solo album, Covergirl, while at invisible really brought the production level of his albums
up. The songs were covers and originals mixed in such a way that it really presented Jared in a more natural state, balanced between razor edged agitation and smooth in the pocket focus.

Dark Age of Consent bounced out of my speakers with an attention grabbing mix of driving, edgy, groovy electronic rock. The cohesion and transition between calculated percussion and live drumming lays a great foundation for an unexpected, yet welcome and natural progression in Jared Louche’s artistry. I’ve watched and listened to his progression as an artist since the early 90′s. On DAOC Jared ripped, clawed and chewed his way out of the machine that was Chemlab and drug his battered soul out kicking and screaming. This has the raw energy of “ten ton pressure” mixed with the polish and shuffle of “Covergirl”.

His vocals have the gnarled, distorted sizzle that oscillates between love and hate that you would expect from him. Marc Olivier’s guitar playing on this album is nothing less than extraordinary. It brings a swagger and a groove that pairs perfectly with Louche’s vocals. You couldn’t ask for a better match. Matt Fanale and Phil DiSiena provide a sonic atmosphere that wraps around the guitar and vocals to fill out the sonic landscape in a chaotic, yet beautifully organized manner. The vocals mixed with the percussive stylings, synth, guitar finese and skill, and the overall production are akin to hugging a soft plush teddy bear wrapped in Barbed wire that smells like bacon.

Not to be overlooked are the signifigant contributions of shadowy Co- Producer Howie Beno who has worked with a wide range of artists in various genres, such as Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Depeche Mode, Blondie and a long series of rock and industrial bands, including Ministry. He oversaw the completion of Prude’s retro-futurist dark-matter platter debut masterpiece.


Standout tracks are


1. PLUSism
2. The Great Eraser
6. Airlock
9. Knife on Mars

 

- Abner Devereaux for mk ultra magazine

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NEW CHICAGOLAND LISTINGS

Two years after the critical success of her breakout second album, Indstructable Machine, Lydia Loveless emerges from the trenches of hometown Columbus, OH with the gloves off and brimming with confidence on Somewhere Else. While Her previous album was described as “hillbilly punk with a honky-tonk heart”, this one can’t be so quickly shoehorned into neat categorical cubbyholes. No, things are different this time around — Loveless and her band have collectively dismissed the genre binders and sonic boundaries that come from playing it from a safe, familiar place.

Ages & Ages SPACE, Evanston, 10/13, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

ATB The Mid, 8/28, 10 PM.

The Band Perry the Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, 11/16, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Beartooth, Vanna Beat Kitchen, 10/3, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 10/17, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 8 AM.

Big Freedia Concord Music Hall, 10/10, 6:30 PM, all-ages.

Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence Bottom Lounge, 10/3, 5 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Bleachers, Wild Cub the Vic, 11/15, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Benjamin Booker, Blank Range Schubas, 9/27, 10 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, noon.

Buke & Gase Empty Bottle, 10/6, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Capital Cities, Cherub Riviera Theatre, 11/7, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Captured! by Robots Subterranean, 10/25, 8:30 PM.

Brandi Carlile Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 10/13-14, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 8 AM.

Alice Cooper the Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, 11/2, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Luther Dickinson Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 10/18, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 8 AM.

Ani DiFranco, Jenny Scheinman Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 10/15, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 8 AM.

Mike Doughty City Winery, 11/20, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 8/14, noon.

Enter the Haggis SPACE, Evanston, 11/5, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Features Subterranean, 11/18, 8:30 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Finch, Weatherbox Bottom Lounge, 10/14, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, noon.

Orenda Fink Schubas, 10/19, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, noon.

FKA Twigs Metro, 11/13, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, noon.

Foxygen, Dub Thompson Lincoln Hall, 10/16, 9 PM; 10/17, 10 PM, 10/16 is 18+, on sale Fri 8/15, noon.

Anne Hills FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 9/17, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 11 AM.

Interpol, Hundred Waters Riviera Theatre, 11/12, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Vijay Iyer Pianoforte Studios, 9/5, 7 and 9 PM, all-ages.

Vance Joy, Jaymes Young Lincoln Hall, 11/8, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, noon.

Geoffrey Keezer Pianoforte Studios, 8/30, 5 PM, all-ages.

Stephen Kellogg SPACE, Evanston, 12/5, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Stephen Kellogg Schubas, 12/7, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Diana Krall Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre, 11/19, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Travis Laplante’s Battle Trance Constellation, 9/7, 8:30 PM.

Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler Constellation, 9/25, 9:30 PM.

Eric Lindell FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 9/5, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 11 AM.

Liturgy Land & Sea Dept., 9/30, 8 PM.

Lydia Loveless Lincoln Hall, 11/28, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, noon.

Curtis McMurtry FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 10/17, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 11 AM.

Ben Miller Band Martyrs’, 10/9, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Ikue Mori Constellation, 9/28, 8:30 PM.

Tim Munro Constellation, 10/11, 8:30 PM.

Nas the Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, 10/10, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Jerrod Niemann, Chris Lane House of Blues, 11/13, 7 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Opeth, In Flames Riviera Theatre, 12/3, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Jessica Pavone, Billy Gomberg Constellation, 8/24, 8:30 PM.

Pine Leaf Boys FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 9/18, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 11 AM.

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters Riviera Theatre, 10/2, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Preatures Double Door, 10/14, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, noon.

Chuck Prophet FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 11/7, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 11 AM.

Rakim Abbey Pub, 8/29, 10 PM.

Maja S.K. Ratkje Constellation, 11/23, 8:30 PM.

The Ready Set, Metro Station Bottom Lounge, 10/26, 5:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Chase Rice House of Blues, 11/20, 7 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

Eric Roberson City Winery, 11/1-2, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 8/14, noon.

Screaming Females, Pujol Logan Square Auditorium, 10/7, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, noon.

Stars, Hey Rosetta the Vic, 11/21, 8:30 PM, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

State Champs, Heart to Heart Bottom Lounge, 10/12, 5 PM, all-ages.

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 10/4, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/15, 8 AM.

Walshy Fire (DJ set) the Shrine, 9/26, 10 PM.
Yarn/Wire Constellation, 10/19, 8:30 PM.

UPDATED LISTINGS

Fitz & the Tantrums, Big Data Riviera Theatre, 11/22, 8 PM; 11/23, 8:30 PM, 11/22 is sold out, 11/23 is added, on sale Fri 8/15, 10 AM.

5 Seconds of Summer First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, 8/1-2, 7:30 PM, all-ages, 8/2 added.

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