Ahleuchatistas, Health & Beauty | Reggies’ Music Joint | Jazz, Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Ahleuchatistas, Health & Beauty Soundboard

When: Mon., June 20, 8 p.m. 2011

In the past three years or so, this long-running North Carolina group has switched drummers and shed its bassist, and its sound has undergone some big changes too. On the new Location Location (Open Letter) Ahleuchatistas are the duo of founding guitarist Shane Perlowin and drummer Ryan Oslance, and they've opened up their dizzying, crazily dense math rock to give it a little breathing room, some less hurried rhythms, and even flashes of calm. On his first solo record, last year's The Vacancy in Every Verse, Perlowin is clearly influenced by Bill Frisell's billowy, pastoral sound, and on this year's The Violence, The Violence (Open Letter), by a duo with drummer James Owen called Doom Ribbons, he favors gentle, relatively melodic meditations. In Ahleuchatistas his playing remains technically impressive and frequently ferocious, but on Location Location he digresses into jagged tunefulness, hall-of-mirrors rhythmic tricks, and pure noise; Oslance likewise splinters his regular patterns with outbursts that recall unmetered free jazz. —Peter Margasak

Price: $5

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