Magas, Jeremy Lemos & Peter Speer, Andy Ortmann, Matt Zivich (DJ set) Agenda Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., Jan. 3, 9:30 p.m. 2013

Analog-synthesizer enthusiast and longtime Reckless Records employee Jim Magas came to Chicago from the same fertile (and batshit insane) Ann Arbor noise scene that birthed Andrew W.K. and Wolf Eyes, but by the time he began his current solo project as Magas in 1999 he’d refined his synth-heavy punk sound to the point where he’d occasionally get lumped in with the electroclash bands of the time. Following 2006’s scorching May I Meet My Accuser he’s returning to the fringe with the Pspoilers cassette (Notes & Bolts), a new six-song EP recorded at his Wizardlook studio. Instrumental, semi-improvised, and recorded mostly in one take using a rig centered on a vintage ARP Odyssey and a new Arturia MiniBrute (synthesizer geeks will know what I’m talking about), the EP is raw electronic minimalism that recalls the work of artsy predigital composers as well as the soundtracks to bizarro 70s horror movies. —Miles Raymer Jeremy Lemos & Peter Speer, Andy Ortmann, and Matt Zivich (DJ set) open.

Price: $8, free with RSVP at rsvp@emptybottle.com

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