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Mayor Daley, PAK, Wreckmeister Harmonies Soundboard

When: Thu., April 21, 9 p.m. 2011

New York multi-instrumentalist and one-man jazz-prog maelstrom Ron Anderson has been leading PAK for more than a decade now, but it's far from his only project (he recently reactivated the Molecules and has an occasional playdate with his Japanese soulmates Ruins), and even a player of his boundless energy can only juggle so many swords and flaming torches at once. Consequently the new Secret Curve (Tzadik) is only PAK's third full-length—and it sounds like Anderson, drummer Keith Abrams, and multi-instrumentalist Tim Byrnes have been hoarding sounds for the occasion. Everything comes at you hard and fast—dazzling guitar lines dart through time signatures that feel like algebraic equations, and dumbfounding profusions of notes add up to grand, cryptic gestures. It's as if a swarm of bugs has been harnessed to pull a chariot, with Abrams's clattering drumming suggesting the cadence of a million tiny feet. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $7

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