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Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso UFO, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Wed., April 6, 9:30 p.m. 2011

According to local psych-rock torch bearer Steve Krakow, aka Plastic Crimewave, everyone in the Acid Mothers Temple "soul collective" has survived the disaster in Japan. Since the collective is so large—not everybody lives in AMT's home base of Nagoya, far enough south on Japan's Pacific coast to have been spared the worst—it's no small thing that they're all OK. This U.S. tour ought to help the four core members of the AMT Melting Paraiso UFO take their minds off the tragedy for a while, but I'm sure you'll be able to hear its reverberations in the band's music—their glorious, droning, ever-escalating psychedelic space rock is so open and accepting of any local vibe that I can't imagine it'd remain untouched by such a huge calamity in their homeland. Main man Kawabata Makoto, who judging from his discography does not sleep, leads this group as well as almost all of the Acid Mothers Temple's many, many offshoots, which tend to have confusingly similar names and wildly varying MOs. The Melting Paraiso UFO's upcoming Pink Lady Lemonade—You're From Inner Space (Alien8) is a sort of sequel and answer to the 2008 album Pink Lady Lemonade—You're From Outer Space by Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno, a darker, more metallic band the collective calls its "hellchild." The UFO plays Chicago pretty often—it helps that Kawabata and Krakow have been friends and collaborators since 1998—but no two shows are the same, and any opportunity to see one of the most creative and constantly evolving musicians in the world is a good one. —Monica Kendrick

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