Rangda, Efterklang, Michael Zerang & Jim Baker, Buke & Gass | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Rangda, Efterklang, Michael Zerang & Jim Baker, Buke & Gass Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Fri., Sept. 10, 9 p.m. 2010

The free-rock trio RANGDA makes music that swings between ferocity and serenity—and not at all by coincidence, their namesake is a mythological figure who, depending on where in Bali you reside, represents either vengeful evil or benevolent protection. On "Fist Family," from their debut LP, False Flag (Drag City), Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire) wield their guitars like blades, creating feedback that scythes away everything in its path and clears the way for a crushing avalanche of percussion from Chris Corsano (Paul Flaherty, Bjork). But the way the guitars dip and wheel over processional beats on the winding, Eastern-tinged epic "Plain of Jars" is every bit as beatific as Verlaine and Lloyd's peaks in "Marquee Moon." —Bill Meyer

Though their name makes them sound like an Austrian law firm, BUKE & GASS are a musical duo—a real fine one—born from the ashes of Hominid, seemingly the only great band from Brooklyn's early-aughts hot streak that didn't blow up beyond the 'burg. B&G pick up where Hominid left off, whirling, lurching, and stomp-stomp-stomping, with rhythms that recall the Ex. Front woman Arone Dyer has a high, fluttery, pop-perfect voice that's both girly and forceful—she sounds like Karen O might if she could sing-sing—and plays a modified six-string baritone ukulele (or "buke"), while Aron Sanchez plays the "gass" (a guitar/bass hybrid of his own devising) and works the kick drum. They're busy and big like a full-size band, so it takes a while to realize there are only two of them—they claim not to use any looping pedals to thicken their sound—and that nobody's playing a drum kit. They'll play songs from their brand-new debut album, Riposte (Brassland). —Jessica Hopper

This show is part of the Adventures in Modern Music festival.

Price: $15

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