Helen Money, Douglas McCombs Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., March 15, 10 p.m. 2013

Cellist Alison Chesley first made her name around Chicago in the mid-90s with the chronically underrated Verbow, but she’s really hit her stride in recent years as Helen Money. Able to move easily through genres—indie rock, ambient, avant-garde, metal—she’s played sessions and done string arrangements for artists as diverse as Anthrax, Broken Social Scene, Poi Dog Pondering, Chris Connelly, and Yakuza (whose front man, Bruce Lamont, has also recruited her as a frequent guest in Bloodiest). She’s also composed scores for film, theater, and dance, but the main event is her solo work: her new third album, Arriving Angels (Profound Lore), is flat-out dazzling. Its haunted soundscapes of sawing drones and tightly woven loops are driven to maddening intensity by Neurosis drummer Jason Roeder (who plays on four tracks) or focused into a hypnotic, surging trance music that’s relaxing in much the same way as Dylan Carlson’s Earth—which is to say, it’s hallucinatory and demanding. —Monica Kendrick Douglas McCombs

Price: $8

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