Sun Araw Band / Deep Magic / Weyes Blood / ICON EYE (film screening)
Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 8:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
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Long Beach, CA-based experimental musician Cameron Stallones, aka SUN ARAW, is a prolific creator of what Pitchfork calls “gooey half-songs” that typically resemble what it must feel like to live inside of a lava lamp. Imagine if GBV ditched their pop and rock sensibilities, moved to the Pacific coast and played acid-drenched jams on the beach for days on end and you kind of get an idea of what SUN ARAW may or may not be going for. On tour in support of this fall’s Drag City release The Inner Reality, the SUN ARAW BAND loses some of the intense density of Stallones’ earlier work to explore unknown – and perhaps unlearned – songwriting territory, much like he did when working with reggae legends THE CONGOS for April’s Icon Give Thank album, possibly one of the only reggae albums to actually sound slightly apocalyptic. ICON EYE, the documentary film that traced the recording of Icon Give Thank, will be screened at the start of the evening – its Chicago debut! Continuing with our theme of psychedelic mindfuckery, DEEP MAGIC is the solo project of LA’s Alex Gray. Utilizing found sound, minimal but twitchy rhythms and a whole mixed bag of production tricks, DEEP MAGIC speeds things up a bit and throws some light industrial and house curveballs to make for a bizarre and rewarding listen. WEYES BLOOD (pronounced “wise blood”) is the project of LA singer-songwriter Natalie Mering, a young lady whose cold, noisy folk ballads sound like its being played in the scary house down the street that haunted your childhood. Chilling but beautiful, her layered, deep vocals are powerful enough to cut through the cacophonous mix of feedback, a fragile acoustic guitar and cloudy percussion.