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ACID MOTHERS GURU GURU

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Contemporary psychedelia often raises the question, hasn't inner space been explored enough already? Well, yes and no. The psychedelic experience, like the religious one, is unique to the individual--while there's no denying the commonalities, everyone interprets it his own way. Japanese guitarist Kawabata Makoto takes cues from past masters in pursuing his own voyages and leading his cosmic crew. This spring he released a solo tribute to the classic Popol Vuh album Hosianna Mantra. A couple years before that he joined his band Acid Mothers Temple with Daevid Allen's Gong. Now Makoto's matching wits with German drummer Mani Neumeier, the lefty psychonaut and free improviser who founded one of Europe's premier space-rock motherships, Guru Guru. Psychedelic Navigations, their album with Acid Mothers bassist Atsushi Tsuyama, will be released later this year on Important Records. Phantom Family Halo opens. a 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $12.-- Monica Kendrick

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