When: Sun., May 25, 9 p.m. 2014
Guitarist Mark Shippy has had lots of practice working with drummers whose chaotic, splintery patterns seem ungoverned by meter or rhythm—his meticulously mapped-out playing in U.S. Maple gave him the appearance of someone trying to make sense of utter disorder. Invisible Things, Shippy's duo with former Parts & Labor drummer Jim Sykes, doesn't run quite so far off the rails, but it sure is spazzy as hell. On the duo's 2012 album, Home Is the Sun (Porter), Shippy's extroverted, detailed, and richly textured guitar work feels like the music's anchor; Sykes sounds like he's playing a transcription of a Michael Zerang improvisation in double time. On some of the album's 17 loose-limbed postpunk songs, Shippy adds hazy vocal melodies that drift through the tumult like tumbleweeds bouncing along a barren highway, but many of the tracks are instrumental—a sensible choice for a band that places such an emphasis on interaction between musicians. —Peter Margasak Martin Bisi headlines; Invisible Things and Nonnie Parry open.
Price: $7 suggested donation