Oneida, Cave | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Oneida, Cave Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Wed., July 30, 9 p.m. 2014

Longtime Oneida drummer Jon Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) was just in town as Man Forever, leading extended polyrhythmic excursions with New York new-music heavies So Percussion. His drive to find new challenges and approaches in his music has a counterpart in Oneida’s aesthetic restlessness: over its previous few albums, it’s backed away from the blistering art-rock of yore to demonstrate a sort of volatile delicacy. The 2011 release Absolute II is meditative, droney, and touched by improv, with beats hardly figuring into the end result. On the group’s most recent album, 2012’s A List of Burning Mountains (Jagjaguwar/Brah), Colpitts’s drums are a key presence once more; snare bombs puncture rumbling kick-drum volleys over a lacerating field of distorted keyboards and guitar noise. The album consists of two side-length epics that ebb and flow like time-lapse footage of thunderstorms, and though the players seem more concerned with group improvisation than rocking out, they can still open up the throttle. —Peter Margasak

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