Sunn O))) Pick Their Bandcamp Favorites 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Over the course of Sunn O)))’s two-decade-long career, the group has managed to find a lot of space within space. Core members Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley have become infamous for their lumbering approach to modern classical, black metal, and noise—or to put it in layman’s terms, for stretching out every last, hulking riff for as long as possible.

But the duo’s latest record, Life Metal, is a bit of an outlier. Produced by noise rock icon Steve Albini, it finds Sunn O))) instilling their famously-foreboding dronescapes with more warmth and clarity. “You can hear every single amplifier if you focus on it,” O’Malley says. “There are a lot of other frequencies in the music that haven’t come across as clearly before, especially in the high frequencies. That gives a real vibrancy to the proceedings.”

Anderson and O’Malley are metal dudes first and foremost, though, as evidenced by the cvlt shout-outs scattered throughout the record. The first thing the listener hears is a sample of Bathory’s “Odens Ride Over Nordland,” the iconic intro to one of black metal’s genre-defining albums, Blood Fire Death (a ballsy first impression, to say the least). The title track also contains an Easter egg; it’s named for a diss ascribed to Swedish death metal legends Entombed when they signed with Columbia, which they discovered hanging out with ex-Entombed member Nicke Andersson.

Ahead of their latest, we asked Anderson and O’Malley to pick some of their favorite Bandcamp releases. Their selections prove emblematic of Sunn O)))’s dynamic: Anderson’s all about metal and punk, while O’Malley’s partial to experimental music. Here’s what they’ve been listening to lately.

Hawthonn, Cristián Alvear, James Saunders in Bristol, UK, May 29

Source: Bang the Bore.

HAWTHONN
CRISTIÁN ALVEAR
JAMES SAUNDERS’ ‘LOCATION COMPOSITE #3’ performed by BLUFF AGGREGATES

Café Kino, 108 Stoke’s Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RU
8pm, Wednesday 29th May 2019
£8.00 on the door or pay what you can

Bang the Bore’s 10th Anniversary concert revisits milestones from our ten-year history of concerts in Bristol, Leeds and Southampton.

Prior to commencing their Hawthonn project, Layla and Phil Legard played for Bang the Bore as the Xenis Emputae Travelling Band in Southampton in 2011, delivering a vowel singing performance inspired by the work of Peter Michael Hamel and Joscelyn Godwin. They subsequently contributed to an early version of Bang the Bore’s collaborative composition ‘Twelve Tapes’ in 2012, taking part in the first eight-hour durational performance at Bradford’s Gallery 2. For this anniversary show, the 2016 recording of ‘Twelve Tapes’ released by Bristolian satirical field recording label Every Contact Leaves a Trace will be played back between performances.

We featured a performance of James Saunders’ ‘Location Composite #1’ at Displacement Activity, our 2013 concert at Southampton’s John Hansard Gallery celebrating the work of Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt. For this performance of ‘Location Composite #3’, Bluff Aggregates will perform the work using only audio recordings of previous Bang the Bore concerts at Café Kino.

The last time Cristián Alvear played for us was at Café Kino in September 2015. Coincidentally, this was also the last time that Bang the Bore founders Seth Cooke, Clive Henry and Daniel Bennett played together on the same line-up.

Chicago Scene: April 20-27, 2019

This is a weekly overview of live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, April 20th 2019

3:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
Angela James with Charles Rumback, Jason Stein, Katherine Young — Record release
Spectralina

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Trio WAZ : Ed Wilkerson Jr, Tatsu Aoki, Michael Zerang

Monday, April 22nd 2019

7:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Anna Webber Solo
Anna Webber, Katherine Young

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Wednesday, April 24th 2019

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($8) (wheelchair-accessible)
Caleb Willitz Ensemble, with Rami Atassi, Jim Baker, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Tatsu Aoki, Charles Rumback
The Eternals : Damon Locks, Wayne Montana, Nick Mazzarella, Areif Sless-Kitain

Thursday, April 25th 2019

8:00PM at the Fulton Street Collective, 1821 W Hubbard
John Coltrane : Ballads Volume 1
Greg Ward with Dennis Luxion, Joe Policastro, Someone Good

8:30PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 ($15) (wheelchair-accessible)
Makaya McCraven
Resavoir : Will Miller with Akenya Seymour, Irvin Pierce, Lane Beckstrom, Peter Manheim, Jeremy Cunningham

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
The Chicago Plan
Ullman/Swell Quartet : Gebhard Ullmann, Steve Swell, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang

Friday, April 26th 2019

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Snaketime: The Music of Moondog
Dustin Laurenzi with Chad McCullough, Nick Mazzarella, Jason Stein, Dave Miller, Matt Ulery, Quin Kirchner, Ryan Packard

Saturday, April 27th 2019

8:00PM at Graham Foundation (Madlener House), 4 W Burton Pl (Free, RSVP)
James Hoff

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The DMG FREE Music Series Continues Every Sunday at 6pm and Features:

Sunday, April 21st:
6pm: ARON NAMENWIRTH / DANIEL CARTER / ZACH SWANSON / JOE HERTENSTEIN –
Guitar / Horns / Bass / Drums
7pm: BENJAMIN SCOTT – Drums Reeds / K. HANK JOST – Bass Reeds

Sunday April 28th:
6pm: OMAR and EMILIO TAMEZ – Tribute to Paul Motian
7pm: BLAISE SIWULA / LUCIANO TROJA / GIANCARLO MAZZU

Sunday, May 5th:
6pm: STUART POPEJOY / CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Electric Bass & Alto Sax!
7pm: ZACH SWANSON / AYAKO KANDA / DALIUS NAUJO / ROCCO JOHN IACOVONE!
8pm: JESSE DULMAN TRIO: DAVE SEWELSON / LEONID GALAGANOV!

Sunday, May 12th:
6pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO / SARAH BERNSTEIN / NICK JOZWIAK!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed

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DMG/BLG Recommended Gigs of This Week:

ERIC’S HOUSE OF IMPROV PRESENTS
Saturday, April 20, 201
KEIR NEURINGER – Alto Sax
LOU GRASSI – Drums
SIMONE WEISSENFELS – Piano

MICHIKO REHEARSAL STUDIOS
PERFORMANCES START AT 8 PM | ADMISSION $20
149 W. 46TH STREET, 3RD FLOOR
B, D, F, M TRAINS TO 47TH-50TH STREETS / N, Q, W TRAINS TO 49TH STREET

Tuesday, APRIL 23, 2019
REMPIS / LOPEZ / PACKARD
DAVE REMPIS – Saxes
BRANDON LOPEZ – Bass
RYAN PACKARD – Drums

244 REHEARSAL STUDIOS
PERFORMANCES START AT 8 PM | ADMISSION $20
244 W. 54TH STREET, 10TH FLOOR
C, E TRAINS TO 50TH STREET / N, Q, R, Q TRAINS TO 57TH STREET