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This tastefully named collective, founded in Portland back in 1994 but now based in Hudson, New York, are like a nonconformist jam band--or maybe a bunch of them, because they can sound radically different depending on whether they're strumming acoustic guitars, hydroplaning on resonant electric guitar lines, or blowing gutbucket free-jazz saxophone. If there's a common thread running through their discography, it's a resistance to dynamics and song structure that borders on catatonia. Track after track, they set up an ambling rhythm, find a pleasing progression, and drive them both to the horizon. But their most recent release, Change (Textile, 2002), incorporates some interesting new ingredients: "Sun Ray Harvester" combines a droning, microtonal exploration of Indian classical music with levitational grooves; "Everyday" is a wan, wandering blues. Last fall two earlier albums, The Magick Fire Music and Wow, were reissued by the British label All Tomorrow's Parties as a double CD. Although less stylistically diverse than Change, these include some of the band's most enjoyable work. Town and Country and White Light open. Saturday, February 28, 10 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace; 773-478-4408.

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