OK, one more ’90s post and then back to the 21st century. A lot of you are probably wondering how I could write about Chicago music in 1993 without mentioning Mantis. For the love of god I have no idea how this seminal alternative band eluded me. Anyhow, they reunited for a scorching set at Ronny’s last Thursday. Mantis and Pavement both started their careers with singles on the Drag City label. Where’s Pavement in 2008? Nowhere. Mantis wins.