Six Organs of Admittance, Donovan Quinn, Swim Ignorant Fire Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Aug. 26, 10 p.m. 2011

After he signed to Drag City in 2005, Ben Chasny got more ambitious: though his early psych-folk recordings as Six Organs of Admittance are generally sparse and acoustic, for most of the past few years he's been recording in actual studios, collaborating with loads of musicians, and delivering a hard-hitting, electric sound. But Chasny has re­calibrated his approach since the most elaborate and powerful of his recent efforts, 2009's Luminous Night; his latest album, this year's Asleep on the Floodplain, is a kind of reconciliation with his earlier material. Chasny recorded the music at home in San Francisco and Seattle between 2007 and 2010, supplying all the guitar, harmonium, and singing on the record's ten pieces—the only guest is the Magik Markers' Elisa Ambrogio, who lends her voice to "River of My Youth." Chasny moves among various combinations of deft fingerstyle guitar, introspective folk-pop balladry, rippling drones, and chiming, ragalike electric-guitar extrapolations; the epic "S/word and Leviathan" includes a massive wave of slashing, distorted noise. But he's assimilated these seemingly disparate elements into one of his strongest, most cogent efforts. For this solo performance he'll focus on music from the new album. —Peter Margasak Donovan Quinn and Swim Ignorant Fire open.

Price: $12

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