When: Mon., Nov. 21, 9 p.m. 2011
Earlier this month the School of the Art Institute held a sound-art symposium, and no one from TV Pow was there. While in some ways this makes sense—Michael Hartman, Brent Gutzeit, and Todd Carter are more likely to help you finish a six-pack than join you in academic discourse—in another it's a serious oversight (though on which party's behalf I couldn't say). No one in Chicago approaches sound more inclusively, unceremoniously, and artfully than TV Pow. They've played lulling drones, blizzards of static, and collaged samples with laptop computers and other electronic accoutrements; they've performed serene free improvisations and absurd performance art using acoustic and homemade instruments, as well as the odd stepladder; and they've even collaborated with a rock band—their latest record, The Personal Touch (The Movings Label), is a download-only EP they made with the M's. TV Pow don't simply fuck around with recordings of the M's—they don't need any help to fuck around—but rather slowly dissolve the band's glam-pop and yacht-rock tunes, starting out with complete songs and finishing with snatches of conversation and instrumentation bobbing in a rising haze of pixelated sound. Hartman, Gutzeit, and Carter probably won't sound anything like that tonight, but they're bound to do something that will send you home chuckling or scratching your head. —Bill Meyer Icelandic sound artist Runar Magnusson headlines; TV Pow and Maquilon open.
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