Chicago Psych Fest IV: Outer Minds, Velcro Lewis Group, Miracle Condition, Underground Symposium, Bitchin Bajas Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Jan. 12, 9 p.m. 2013

A few years ago Cave guitarist and keyboardist Cooper Crain formed Bitchin Bajas to play music more contemplative and drifty than his main band’s hard-rocking instrumental jams. In that guise he’s soundtracked work by filmmaker Olivia Wyatt and created a reimagined score for Peter Greenaway’s Water Wrackets—inspired by a mere 30-second clip—and even his noncinematic material has a cinematic quality, harkening to the more subdued, hypnotic school of German kosmische music (Popol Vuh, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze). For early Bitchin Bajas performances Crain shaped meditative synthesizer swirls over washed-out backing tracks played on cassette, but over time the project has evolved into an actual band. Ever since last year’s Vibraquatic—a collaboration with Wyatt released as an LP/DVD set—Crain has been joined by Dan Quinlivan (formerly of Mahjongg) on synth and electronics and Rob Frye on winds and percussion. The forthcoming EP Krausened (Permanent) adds a gentle motorik drive reminiscent of Neu! while maintaining the music’s tonal warmth and textural lushness. Saturday’s performance is part of the fourth Chicago Psych Fest, and Bitchin Bajas also play a residency at the Hideout every Tuesday in January. Crain promises guest musicians, isolated drone installations, experiments with a Robert Fripp-inspired reel-to-reel sound-processing system called Bitchitronics, and, by the end of the run, “speakers all over the front room.” —Peter Margasak Tonight is the second and final night of Into the 4th Dimension: Chicago Psych Fest IV. Outer Minds headline; the Velcro Lewis Group, Miracle Condition, Underground Symposium, and Bitchin Bajas open.

Price: $10, $16 two-day pass

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