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SUMMER MOON + MEREKI + THE BULLS @ THE TROUBADOUR

March 1st, 2017

A tall, chiseled fellow built along the lines of a 1950s TV western hero, he seemed too large for the tiny room and the band’s gleaming cyborg-dance pop psychedelia cranked up ambient temperatures to something almost springlike.

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RHYS CHATHAM + PRIESTS @ REDCAT

November 13th, 2016

Imagine a thousand chairs squeaking across a cathedral floor. Now imagine those chairs sprouting wings and becoming a flock of seabirds, rising to the height of that cathedral and you get an idea of the vision and care with which Chatham presents his music. Presently, notes and tones build upon themselves until they build a throne of drones, resurrecting an empire of sound that opens as gently as a lotus blossom. Mystical and mesmerizing, triumphal and terrifying, it’s also a deeply hopeful kind of sound—a meditation on how one small movement can make a colossal impact even though it began life as a seemingly imperceptible impulse. For all that epic sound, he’s just sitting there with his fedora and spectacles—just strumming.

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MEV @ REDCAT

November 11th, 2016

The three great ancients of the avant-garde known as Musica Elettronica Viva (Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewski and Richard Teitelbaum) don’t produce music like it’s one great river of unending champagne. Instead, the sounds that create that music are more like individual spirits which exist in their own time and space—not a moment too soon, not a step too far. Founded in 1966 in Rome and devoted to the pursuit of sonic freedom and openness, they’re just coming off a U.S. tour in which they blow a whole new generation of minds that might not otherwise be aware of the potential of life conceived of as one very long concert.

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PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT @ THE WILTERN

September 28th, 2016

Hook and The Light enter to Mario Nascimbene’s “Ragnar’s Return” theme from the soundtrack of 50s epic The Vikings before launching into “Cries and Whispers” by New Order. “Once out of reach, we never speak, we never compromise,” goes the faintly topical lyric, and one of the favorite obsessions of an introvert is interpreting music like tarot cards to project the story of individual experience. Life—as it’s happening right now. One of nostalgia’s more invigorating aches comes from a song’s ability to mix memory and longing to ignite that hot flash that runs across the skin and explodes in prickly fireworks that, depending on the context, could be love; may be fear.

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JUSTICE YELDHAM + PLASMODIAN WORLD @ CAI

August 24th, 2016

From guttural, storm-sewer lows to piercing, otherworldly highs, the glass in his hands becomes a portal to another world, carved out of space by sheer brilliant weirdness. To end the show—which only lasts about seven minutes—he smashes the glass over his forehead. Yes, there’s blood—but that’s not the point. It is in fact one of the greatest acts of showmanship available in the performing arts today.

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EMITT RHODES @ THE GRAMMY MUSEUM

February 29th, 2016

Want to know how Emitt Rhodes’ voice sounds live, after 43 years of virtual isolation in his parents’ garage in Hawthorne?