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When: Sat., Jan. 30, 11:59 p.m. 2016

You never quite know what you’re going to get from Hieroglyphic Being (aka Jamal Moss). Though the prolific Chicago producer’s music is rooted in raw analog house and techno, his interests extend to industrial, noise, jazz, and even goth, all of them filtered through a singular, intuitive aesthetic. He’s churned out hundreds of records over the last couple of decades under several monikers, and he’s expressed a restless curiosity throughout it all, whether there’s been an audience or not. In the last couple of years, though, there has been an audience—and it’s growing. He just did a New Year’s stint at London’s cutting-edge Cafe Oto, and appearances at Big Ears and Moogfest are on the horizon, along with a new album for Ninja Tune. Despite the acclaim, Moss remains fairly invisible in his native city, rarely performing. Last year he turned in a chill, heavily ambient set opening for Holly Herndon at Constellation, but tonight’s headlining slot promises a more beat-heavy epic. Expect an improvised set of rude, pounding beats getting sliced and diced and ornamented by an ever-morphing series of acid squiggles, biting electronic riffs, and caustic washes of color.

Peter Margasak

Price: $8

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