Daniel Higgs, Bill Nace, Tim Kinsella | Enemy | Experimental | Chicago Reader

Daniel Higgs, Bill Nace, Tim Kinsella Recommended All Ages Soundboard

When: Sat., April 4, 9 p.m. 2009

Guitarist Bill Nace keeps busy in the bustling western Massachusetts underground scene, and I’ve seen him turn up on more and more releases over the past five years—he plays spooky, chiming drones with the trio X.O.4, gnarly guitar noise with Thurston Moore as Northampton Wools, and bulldozing improv with free-jazz drummer Chris Corsano as Vampire Belt, to name just a few of his projects. On 2006’s excellent Key Cutter (Load)—Nace, Corsano, and Boston sound artist Jessica Rylan (aka Can’t), performing as Vampire Can’t—he pumps out massive slabs of noise that teeter between skull-softening feedback and lava-tube rumble. A 2008 trio session with Moore and free-jazz saxophonist Paul Flaherty, released on Ecstatic Peace, is a screaming freak-out that’s equal parts assaultive energy and raw expressionism—a welcome quality in an idiom where it’s often hard to pick up on any emotional content whatsoever. On a 2007 solo cassette, Nace strikes a relatively serene pose, shaping ominous drone and clanky noise into concise vignettes. Daniel Higgs headlines; Nace and Tim Kinsella open. —Peter Margasak

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