A Closer Listen Reviews

From A Closer Listen:

Del Sol Quartet ~ Sculthorpe
Mecha/Orga ~ 41:38
Forest Management ~ Reservation
Porya Hatami ~ Arrivals and Departures
Pascal Savy ~ Adrift
Michel Guillet ~ Unstable Distance
Wil Bolton ~ Bokeh
Stefan Christoff + David Parker ~ Wire Tones EP
Nick Gill ~ Grey season
Jonathan Badger ~ Verse
Shikabala ~ Calor do Deserto

AMN Picks of the Week: Batiste, Smith, and Laswell / U Sco / Wadada Leo Smith

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Jon Batiste / Chad Smith / Bill Laswell – The Process (2014)
U Sco – NEST (2012)
U Sco – Treffpunkt (2014)
Wadada Leo Smith – The Great Lakes Suites (2014)

AMN Reviews: U SCO – Treffpunkt (2014; New Atlantis Records)

a0057794967_2Hailing from Portland, Oregon, this heavy prog / jazz / metal trio provides 40 minutes of King Crimson inflected angularity on Treffpunkt. Featuring Jon Scheid on bass, Ryan Miller on guitar, and Phil Cleary on drums, the trio blasts through eight tracks of heavy instrumental riffing and disjointed rhythms. With a punk urgency, Miller alternates between providing distorted atmospheres and hard strumming on his guitar. The rhythm section lays down time changes with math-rock ease. You could try to dance to Treffpunkt, but you’d probably break both legs.


Portland in November

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From Portland’s Creative Music Guild:

Battle Trance & Wallsmith/Cunningham/Wyland/Johnedis
November 2, 2014 — 8PM
$8 – 15, sliding scale
Habesha Lounge
801 NE Broadway St

Nate Wooley & Carol Robinson perform Radigue & Dufour
November 5, 2014 — 8PM (ends by 10PM)
$5 – 15, sliding scale
Revival Drum Shop
2045 SE Ankeny

Bhob Rainey & Joda Clément
November 15, 2014 — 8PM
$8 – 15, sliding scale
Redeemer Lutheran Church
5431 NE 20th Ave.

John Gross / Billy Mintz Duo, Mintz Solo
November 19, 2014 — 8PM (ends by 10PM)
$5 – 15, sliding scale
Revival Drum Shop
2045 SE Ankeny