Space rock, once reviled, is newly ascendant: witness the popularity of Stereolab's Moog-dominated pop, the rise of ambient house music, and the grudging critical respect recently accorded seminal space rockers Hawkwind. The Hyde Park combo Sabalon Glitz puts Chicago back on the galactic musical map. (Sun Ra's Arkestra, based here in the 50s, was an early exponent of the genre.) Ufonic, Sabalon Glitz's fine debut CD, evokes an orbital ambience with its bubbling Moog synthesizers and droning guitars, but in concert their music takes on a harder edge; singer Carla Bruce's hoarse incantations have a bracing earthiness that helps the band keep one foot on the ground even when their improvisational jams achieve meltdown intensity. An unstable lineup makes their performances infrequent, so this record-release show shouldn't be missed. Hyde Park's Galaxy of Mailbox Whores and Milwaukee space-rock veterans F/i open. Friday, 10 PM, Lounge Ax, 2438 N. Lincoln; 525-6620.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Brad Miller.