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When: Tue., June 30, 9:30 p.m. 2015

Onstage, Stirrup have always multiplied the energy of their studio recordings, so it seems fitting that the long-running instrumental trio would get around to releasing a live effort. Tonight’s concert celebrates A Man Can’t Ride on One (Whistler), on which cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm puts his effects pedals through a workout to produce a sometimes lush, sometimes strident sound that celebrates churning melody. Maybe it sounds cliched, but the way he manipulates pulsating long tones, descending fillips, and brusque asides reminds me of the way Jimi Hendrix sculpted tuneful wonders from raw feedback. The group is propelled by bassist Nick Macri and drummer Charles Rumback, who embroider brisk rhythms with endless displacements and sideways accents. On three of the album’s pieces the trio are joined by muscular Milwaukee trumpeter Russ Johnson, who pushes the vibe more toward jazz, albeit with a wonderfully thick and viscous foundation—a number like “Jittery,” for instance, quotes from Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz.” Keyboardist Jim Baker and Norwegian drummer Ståle Liavik Solberg join the threesome for tonight’s show. Stirrup also have a weekly Tuesday residency at the Whistler in August where they’ll be joined by a rotating cast of guests that includes drummer Avreeayl Ra, Johnson, violist Jen Clare Paulson, and guitarist Peter Manau. —Peter Margasak

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