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When: Sat., June 13, 9 p.m. 2015

Though TV Pow haven’t been as active in recent years as they were during the first half of their two-decade existence (a milestone this concert celebrates), the longtime experimental trio have remained primo ambassadors of Chicago-style weirdness. Together Michael Hartman, Todd Carter, and Brent Gutzeit have trafficked in noise, free improvisation, minimal electronics, and composed work, executing them with traditional instruments supplemented by laptops and homemade devices like Gutzeit’s 20-string bass. They’ve largely fought against dominant trends in experimental circles—usually to the detriment of their career momentum—and that contrarian attitude has always defined TV Pow’s sensibility. A wide portrait of the group’s work can be found on 2013’s Spies (Kuro Neko), a USB drive containing three hours of diverse music. But really no single item accurately sums up the trio’s sprawl. Tonight they play two sets: one of purely electronic music, followed by a second that incorporates more conventional instruments and includes cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, percussionist Thymme Jones, and ARP synth maven Jim Baker. —Peter Margasak

Price: $10 suggested donation

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