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Caroliner, Chris Corsano, Thrones, Haptic Recommended Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Wed., Sept. 9, 9 p.m. 2009

If I told you that percussionist CHRIS CORSANO is equally persuasive playing ultradetailed free improv with Evan Parker, scorched-earth electric raga jams with Mick Flower, and primal dance beats with Bjork, I’d be telling the truth but selling him short. His excellent 2006 solo album, The Young Cricketer (reissued last year on Family Vineyard), covers still more ground—he’s also a hell of a one-man band. Augmenting his drum kit with a heap of odds and ends—kitchen implements, a violin, a couple bows, saxophone mouthpieces blown into plastic tubes—he creates scalding Tony Conrad-like string assaults, intricate layered gamelan-style patterns, reed-and-percussion freak-outs that sound like something lifted off a forgotten ESP free-jazz record, and a delicate collage of chiming and rustling you could almost mistake for a surreptitiously recorded tea ceremony. Corsano is also great to watch—sometimes a marvelous vision of fluid and purposeful motion, sometimes an outrageous ham. —Bill Meyer

Bassist Joe Preston is at heart a lone ranger. He’ll throw his lot in with a band for a while—often helping it in ways we don’t fully appreciate till he’s gone—but he always ends by riding off into the sunset, leaving us asking, “Who was that occasionally bearded man?” Over the years the beneficiaries of his bassitude have included Earth, the Melvins, High on Fire, and Harvey Milk, but his natural environment—his Fortress of Solitude, if you will—is the one-man project THRONES. Preston writes slowly, and the most recent new Thrones album was almost a decade ago. Thankfully, he finds other outlets: the latest is Cerberic Doxology (Anthem/Discourage), a monster drone piece he did with Portland-based sound wizard Daniel Menche. The CD version, which came out last year, is a “Dual Disc” with a DVD on the flip; the brand-new vinyl version has the music from the CD on one side and 20 locked grooves on the other. Preston may come and go like a tumbleweed, but you can keep his music playing till your turntable gives out. —Monica Kendrick

This is the first night of Adventures in Modern Music. Caroliner headlines; Corsano, Thrones, and Haptic open.

Price: $15, five-day pass $50.

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