When: Sun., July 24, 8 p.m. 2016
The second evening of the Hungry Brain takeover by Austin label Astral Spirits features a headlining set by Hearts & Minds, a wonderfully jagged trio with bass clarinetist Jason Stein, keyboardist Paul Giallorenzo, and drummer Frank Rosaly, who's now living in Amsterdam and will be subbed for by former Chicagoan Chad Taylor. The trio will drop their debut for the label in October, but they’ve been playing in fits and starts for ages, and earlier this year they logged serious time together during a European tour. On the recording Giallorenzo mostly plays an electric pianet, using his left hand to play basslike ostinatos while his right hand frequently delivers unison lines with Stein. Sometimes the material is controlled: with its Sun Ra-like trance, “Three for One” is a cycling waltz that slowly creates tension as Stein makes occasional excursions into the upper register of his rheumy instrument. Elsewhere things are decidedly lumpy and visceral. The movement of the harrumphing “An Unfortunate Lack of Role Models”—deadpan track titles are matched by dry humor in the music—suggests an H.G. Wells-era robot trying to do ballet, with Rosaly toggling between hyperactive accents and lurching explosions. Not too shabby at all, the rest of the evening features a set from pianist/synthesizer player Jim Baker, drummer Julian Kirshner, and reedist Keefe Jackson; a performance by Detroit quartet Chatoyant (with Wolf Eyes guitarist Crazy Jim Baljo and scene capo Matt Smith); and a first-time quartet with saxophonist Dave Rempis, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, vibist Jason Adasiewicz, and drummer Tyler Damon, who hails from Bloomington, Indiana.
Price: $12, $10 in advance