When: Thu., April 11, 9 p.m. 2013
There’s never a dull moment with guitarist, vocalist, and international man of mystery Keiji Haino—he’s terrifyingly prolific, a promiscuous collaborator, and a constant improviser, with a body that seems too small to contain his creative energy. (It’d seem too small even if he towered over city skylines like Godzilla.) Last year he restarted his legendary heavy-psych project Fushitsusha with a new power-trio lineup, releasing Hikari to Nazukeyo (Heartfast), the group’s first album in a decade. It sounds like two records in one—it’s got a deceptively friendly and accessible half (with a twitchy, Beefheartian garage groove) and a searing, wailing void-of-space half. Come to think of it, Haino’s 2012 collaboration with Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))) and percussionist Oren Ambarchi, Nazoranai (Ideologic Organ), sounds more like Fushitsusha than Fushitsusha does. No matter what he does with his apocalyptic guitar and otherworldly voice, Haino is mesmerizing: a shamanistic stillness in the eye of a storm. Tonight he’ll be playing solo electric guitar and singing; this is his first Chicago appearance in four years and only his second since the late 90s. —Monica Kendrick This concert is part of the Million Tongues festival, which continues tomorrow. Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, Circuit des Yeux, and Hands of Hydra open.