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Steve Gunn - John Truscinski Duo, Willaim Tyler, Matthew Mullane Soundboard

When: Sun., July 31, 9 p.m. 2011

Guitarist Steve Gunn and drummer John Truscinski have played some pretty far-out freak-outs in the free-form psychedelic combo GHQ, but the more focused flow of the Philadelphia-based duo's fantastic debut, last year's Sand City (Three Lobed), is even more thrilling. On the acoustic "Taksim II" and the electric "Wythe Raag," they combine the ecstatic lyricism of Tom Verlaine and Richard Thompson with the easy lope and exotic aura that Sandy Bull and Billy Higgins created with the jazz-folk-Middle Eastern fusion of "Blend." On "B38 Blues" the sighs and groans of Truscinski's bowed cymbals push the music toward the textural improv of AMM, but Gunn's fluid picking and strumming firmly guide it to a rustic denouement. Gunn has also recorded some strong solo albums that reconcile the stylistic and structural adventurousness of Brits like Michael Chapman and Roy Harper with a gruff bluesiness rooted on this side of the Atlantic; with luck, he'll play a couple of those songs too. Local guitarist Matthew Mullane opens; Nashville-based William Tyler, whose gorgeously atmospheric Behold the Spirit (Tompkins Square) was one of the best acoustic-guitar albums I heard last year, plays second; Gunn and Truscinski headline. Bill Meyer

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