Moonstone Continuum, Thunderbolt Pagoda, Sadhu Sadhu, Dark Fog, Black Wyrm Seed, Verma | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Moonstone Continuum, Thunderbolt Pagoda, Sadhu Sadhu, Dark Fog, Black Wyrm Seed, Verma Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sat., Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. 2011

MOONSTONE CONTINUUM Lunarianism, the religion embraced by Minneapolis prog-psych sextet Moonstone Continuum, is supposedly an ancient belief system subject to cruel persecution for centuries and driven underground—its energies can only be summoned by alert, responsive audiences and a whole lot of swirling guitar effects. The band's leader and spokesman, the Reverend Micah Mackert, riles up the crowds and harangues them with sermons; his scripture is bundled with the band's debut, NR:4;3.1-3 (Totally Gross National Product), and his infrequently updated blog offers a sampling of his deliriously skewed starry wisdom. Musically, Moonstone Continuum play dazzling, complex old-school space-rock that brings to mind a a young, American version of French prog institution Magma. This show is part of Welcome 2 the Void: Chicago Psych Fest 2. Thunderbolt Pagoda, Sadhu Sadhu, Dark Fog, Black Wyrm Seed, and Verma open.

Monica Kendrick

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