Scott Kelly, Bruce Lamont, Winters in Osaka, Che Arthur | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Scott Kelly, Bruce Lamont, Winters in Osaka, Che Arthur Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., Jan. 4, 9:30 p.m. 2012

As a vocalist and guitarist for the city-­levelingly powerful sonic maelstrom that is the avant-metal band Neurosis, Scott Kelly has been responsible for some of the heaviest things to happen to music in the past quarter century. (I've left several of their concerts wondering if the volume might have adversely affected my ability to have kids.) One of the remarkable things about Kelly's transition into solo performance, as Blood and Time as well as under his own name (it's one of his many current endeavors, alongside Neurosis, Shrinebuilder, and several less high-profile collaborations), is that he manages to sound just as menacing and doomy with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and his signature growl. In a solo setting, Kelly's darkly beautiful melodies—he can conjure an atmosphere with the barest arpeggio—get significantly more room to breathe. If a Neurosis show can sometimes feel like the pagan worship of electric amplification, Kelly's solo performances are celebrations of the little creaks and silences between every note. —Miles Raymer Bruce Lamont , Winters in Osaka, and Che Arthur open.

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