Arvid Noe (Boston, MA)
Banned Books (Philadelphia, PA)
@ Mushmaus / 2700 Cherokee St.
8:30 PM / $5 (suggested donation) / All Ages
Boston's Arvid Noe features two guitars riffing, wiggling and intermingling amidst equally unpredictable and driving drum patterns. The weirdo post punk axe wielders sound like they're desperately playing their way out of a retro video game, shredding the virtual world to ragged, jagged ribbons along the way. The trio makes rock roll along unlike the next guys, coaxing their instruments to communicate to each other in weird blips, clicks, slides and carefully picked harmonious noises. Catch them howling along while performing songs off of their new record, Islington, during their last ever tour, dubbed "Noe Future."
THURSDAY, MAY 9
Ulan Bator (France)
Wei Zhongle (Carbondale, IL)
Nathalie Forget (France)
@ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 PM / $7 / All Ages
Ulan Bator's post-rock recalls early Kraut-masters Can and Neu! but spins the genre with unhinged and heavy pieces. Ulan Bator has spent the latter part of its 20 years closely working with Faust while grinding away at its own noisy dirge. While volumes ebb and flow through each piece, textural shifts provide rich complexity. Ulan Bator comes from France, and their rare U.S. appearance is made more personal with the stage-free Lemp Arts Center, wherein audience and performer share an intimate space. Wei Zhongle's moaning vocals creep under dueling clarinets and fierce but reserved percussion. Rob Jacobs sings with mystique, bringing human voice to alien sounds. Wei Zhongle drones with repetition only to break with swirling progressive-rock.
FRIDAY, MAY 10
New Music Circle Showcase: Celebration of Sun Ra's 99th Birthday
The Trinity Piano Trio, Eric Hall, Adam Maness, Robert Wykes, Serban Nichifor, Tracy Andreotti, Fred Tompkins, James Hegarty and Michael Hunt
@ The William A Kerr Foundation / 21 O'Fallon St.
7:30 / General $20 / Students $10 / All Ages
Check out many area composers as they share their works based on the life and music of Sun Ra. Expect a Sun Ra inspired live performance by The Trinity Piano Trio. The show is expected to begin at 7:30 and last no later than 9:30.
SATURDAY, MAY 11
Slingshot Dakota (Philadelphia, PA)
Trenchfoot (Reunion Show)
@ Chromozone / Ask A Freak
9 PM / $5 / All Ages
Slingshot Dakota slings pop punk with hints of jazz over straight ahead piano and drum music. Happy jams are aplenty with Times Beach, which features members of Masculine Journey and Overdoser bringing what they identify as RAW POP. The Funs are fresh off a recent tour and Trenchfoot returns after several years of hiatus with feel good punk.
SUNDAY, MAY 12
Curved Dog (New Orleans, LA)
Glow God (Oklahoma City, OK)
Missionary Haircut (Oklahoma City, OK)
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
8 PM / $5 / All Ages
No-wave riffers from down south bring their noise north. You can check Curved Dog in the video above, but skip to the one minute mark for music. Glow God and Missionary tour together on a split cassette tape and push their angular post-punk with solid, driving songs.
If you're into Japanese metal you can check out Boris and Pallbearer over the Firebird on this night.