When: Sun., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. 2011
By the early 90s, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, cofounder of Throbbing Gristle and main engine of Psychic TV, had already been working his distinctive blend of occultism, conceptual art, collectivist politics, and relentless musical output for a quarter century—long enough to be gently mocked as a peer by the heady intellectuals at Gnosis magazine. Though the sound of Psychic TV (alternately known as PTV3 in its present form) has never been consistent, P-Orridge himself always stays right on point. Considering the philosophical weight the band's members have to carry as well as their ever-changing lineup, they were an impressively tight touring operation in the 80s and 90s, earning a reputation as a don't-miss live act even among those unimpressed by the records they were putting out at the time. That said, I am impressed by their most recent studio effort, 2008's Mr. Alien Brain vs. the Skinwalkers (Sweet Nothing). P-Orridge's long-term partner in love, music, and posthuman pansexualism, Jacqueline "Lady Jaye" Breyer P-Orridge, passed away suddenly in 2007, and this album (on which she appears) was finished less than a year later. Grief pervades it, but there's also an odd sense of playful joy in its sideways grooves and psych-pop introspections—you can feel a determination to keep the juices flowing, right down to the Human League allusion and the Velvet Underground cover ("Foggy Notion"). The spiritual dimensions of the music—too arcane to delve into here—are a palpable presence as well. P-Orridge has announced more than once that he's retiring from the road, but at this point no one can be bothered to gnash and wail over it—not when the tour dates keep coming regardless. —Monica Kendrick Rabid Rabbit and Claw Toe open.
Price: $20, $15 in advance