WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Breakdancing Ronald Reagan (TX)
Gasmaskhorse (Chicago, IL)
Sister/Brother (Chicago, IL)
@ Art Bar / 2732 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / donation$
Art Bar isn't exactly known for its noise shows (or any experimental show for that matter), but that's all the more reason to see four touring acts on what's essentially a free show (but bring donations). Breakdancing Ronald Reagan played in town only a few months ago, but that was at a house show deep in south city. This night really couldn't be any more accessible -- except for the the music, that is.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Jacob Wick (Mexico City)
Ghost Ice + Alex Cunningham
DJ Grant Nikseresht
@ Kismet Creative Center / 3409 Iowa
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Jacob Wick bends the horn to his will, warping tones in an otherworldly way. His sense of tension provides the kind of push and pull that keeps people engaged with the kind of brevity otherwise reserved for a punk or hardcore player. His take on avant-garde horn will muddle your senses, but only if the duo of Ghost Ice and Alex Cunningham doesn't get to them first.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Bonus Beast (Oakland, CA)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages
By taking an industrial slant, Bonus Beast makes a cold, harsh noise that delves into danceable cuts riddled with simple melodies. Via keys, he layers the proceedings with sharp tones and basic beats, building complex variations in real time while maintaining a mostly dark and gothic aesthetic. This is the first performance of new string/percussion two piece Marble//Wall Duo.
HEARding Cats Collective presents:
Andrea Centazzo (Los Angeles, CA)
@ Kranzberg Arts Center / 501 N. Grand Blvd.
7:30 p.m. / $10-$15 / all ages
Revered by drummers worldwide, Centazzo brings his innovative take on melodic percussion to an intimate venue at the Kranzberg. This show is must for fans of drumming in general, as gamelan, tom-tom and set playing will be on display. Centazzo shows a keen understanding of texture and expresses a duality of rhythm and melody through years of experience and performance.