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Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

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In 1996 guitarist Makoto Kawabata formed Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. as a one-off studio project with a simple, clearly defined goal--to make the ultimate trip record. Since then, matters have gotten well out of hand for this "soul collective." The Japanese ensemble's touring itinerary is intense--this show is part of its third excursion around the world in as many years--and its release schedule is simply ridiculous. On this leg of the tour they play record-release shows for three different albums in three different countries--Electric Heavy Land in Canada, St. Captain Freak Out and the Magic Bamboo Request in Finland, and Univers Zen ou de Zero a Zero in France. The performances range from headlong guitar pileups to incandescent electronic barrages to French folk excursions. Of their recordings from the past year, my favorite is In C (Eclipse/Squealer), a vertiginous version of Terry Riley's minimalist classic set to a Krautrock beat. But no matter what they play, they're a rock band of the first order, which is especially evident in concert. Guitarists Kawabata and Higashi Hiroshi yank the restless spirits of Jimi Hendrix and Sonny Sharrock from the underworld, mixing peals of feedback with wah-wah howls as they wag their huge manes in time to bassist/singer Tsuyama Atsushi's sternum-cracking riffs. Cotton Casino's synths emit a shower of bleeps, introducing an element of anarchy that's barely constrained by Ichiraku Yoshimitsu's unswerving drum patterns. Kindred psychedelic spirits Kinski and Plastic Crimewave open. Sunday, October 20, 9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; 773-276-3600.

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