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Thu 4/18: Pissed Jeans at Empty Bottle
If you're like Kevin Warwick and use agressive post-punk to channel pent-up anger and frustration, then Pissed Jeans might be for you. "Guitarist Bradley Fry improves with each album, his snarling Ginn-like riffs growing more fluid without losing a bit of their filth or fury, and front man Matt Korvette sounds more and more like a lunatic huddled in an alley and screaming at the petty existence you’ve dressed up in a business suit," he writes. "The first time I heard the garbled, fuzzed-out bass at the beginning of album opener 'Bathroom Laughter,' I knew everything was as it should be in the land of Pissed Jeans."
Fri 4/19: Luke Winslow-King at the Hideout
Next week Luke Winslow-King releases his debut album for Bloodshot, The Coming Tide. According to Leor Galil, "Though the New Orleans singer-songwriter is just 29, he blends jazz and blues from bygone eras with such immediacy that I can easily imagine him unstuck in time, traveling back to the heydays of ragtime, prewar gospel, and Delta blues. Winslow-King remains faithful to the hearts of these old styles even as he splices their genomes—on 'I've Got the Blues for Rampart Street,' a playful ragtime piano melody waltzes around rustic, unhurried Delta blues guitar, and it sounds as natural as his easygoing, slightly slurred vocals."
Sat 4/20: Takehisa Kosugi at Graham Foundation
"Sometimes it seems as though composer and violinist Takehisa Kosugi has animated virtually every key movement in Japanese experimental music for more than five decades," I wrote this week of the Japanese experimentalist Takehisa Kosugi. "For most of the past three decades, though, he worked most consistently with choreographer Merce Cunningham—the monumental 2010 box set Music for Merce (New World) includes a slew of his thrilling, confounding electroacoustic works. In this rare local performance Kosugi will present five pieces composed between 1981 and 2011, most of them commissioned by Cunningham."
Sun 4/21: Death to All and Anciients at House of Blues
"There’s something weirdly life-affirming about this postmortem incarnation of legendary Florida death-metal band Death (vocalist-guitarist and founder Chuck Schuldiner died of a brain tumor in 2001)," writes Monica Kendrick. "This is the second Death to All tour, and both have not only paid tribute to Schuldiner's life and work but also benefited musicians' health-care charity Sweet Relief." Describing the work of openers Anciients, she says, "I'm smitten with the seamless blend of light and heavy on the romantically epic 'The Longest River': acoustic guitars, clean vocals, clear piercing electric runs, and an earth-deep density of drumming. With one stroke, they've gone from 'band to watch' to 'great band already.'"