Mar 122012

Friday, March 30

Al’s Sidecar, next to Al’s Bar at the corner of 6th and Limestone.

Some of North of Center’s readers may remember last year’s “Double Down Tour” featuring Peter J. Woods and Bryce Beverlin II, who over the course of two nights presented electric and acoustic noise sets, a monologue, and a physics discussion.  Well, Peter J Woods is once again venturing outside of Milwaukee, this time with the harsh noise/free improve group Phoned Nil Trio, which also features Dan Schierl (of Dan of Earth) and Neil Gravender (of Lucky Bone, and a recent Nohl Fellowship winner).

Because their sound is difficult to pin down, here’s a description from a recent Phoned Nil Trio press release: “The sounds are spastic and totally awkward, combining harsh static blasts with synth pulses, tape hiss, arbitrary vocal samples, and long silences in a way that barely holds itself together. Sounds awkwardly cut in and out, slowly reaching a point of equilibrium only to have it ruined by the next jarring idea, leaving the audience constantly in a state of intriguing confusion. Live, the group matches its bizarre sounds with a strange theatricality, including the band brewing a free pot of coffee for the audience at every show during the performance (the percolator often doubling as a musical instrument as well).”

Rounding out the show are Lexin’tonians Wretched Worst and Trance Substantiation.  Wretched Worst plays “gore-splattered, wounded-berserker, barebones squish-metal—metal too liquefied to bang your head to.” All you can do, one fan has opined, is “grimace and make a sour face, while shaking your head in disapproval, unable to turn away.” Trance Substantiation, meanwhile, makes for what NoC reviewer Matt Minter has called “uneasy listening” that comes “from the bottom of a barf bucket—like the radiation that is slowly giving you cancer, or the sound of somebody getting stabbed in slow-motion.”

Those hoping to imbibe more than the live-brewed coffee provided by Phoned Nil Trio ought to bring their own refreshments—It’s OK.

–Aaron German

Doors open at 8:30PM, Show at 9PM; $5 donation (more or less as you are able). Show location has been updated to reflect new location at Al’s Sidecar, next to Al’s Bar at the corner of 6th and Limestone.

May 072010

Rock & Talk Showcase

Imagine Woodsongs but with rock instead of folk. Sounds like a good idea, huh? That’s what Rock & Talk is poised to become. This new series hit the ground running, filming its pilot episode at the Kentucky Theatre on Thursday, April 29 with local cowboy rockers Sunday Valley and Louisville/Lexington folk rock conglomerate The Revenna Colt.

The music sounded great in the Kentucky and the bands and emcee kept the Talk to a minimum, letting the Rock run the show. Host Gabe Swain says Rock & Talk is hoping to be picked up on PBS and NPR affiliates, like Woodsongs, giving the Kentucky Theater yet another staple music program to share with the world. Continue reading »