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Gelax Band - Fantasy Indie Rock Live at Handlebar 04.21

 

They call it “Fantasy Rock” and I call it very unique and creative songwriting. Combining indie rock with dream pop and some kind of dark avant-garde mood swings is how I describe Gelax. Their main influences are Depeche Mode and Radiohead and they combine that with some all-around mysticism to put together their latest single “Life”. It’s a powerful track with very interesting instrumentation. It would be intriguing to see this track brought to life with a live performance which you can do on April 21st at Handlebar in Kensington Market. – Kris Gies

 





Karris Adams Duo

The Dubuque label Personal Archives released a new album, Nothing Stays Buried (la la la la), from the duo of Reid Karris and Alexander Adams this week. This is improvised experimental music that finds Karris on prepared guitars and Adams on drums.

We have shared the music Karris on several occasions, but I don’t believe we have mentioned Adams in the past. He runs the fantastic local cassette label Lurker Bias, and has released several solo albums over the last few years.

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New Boothe Carlson EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Boothe Carlson is a musician and visual artist based in Philadelphia, whose album 8 or 9 Walled Room was recently released by local tape label Nino Tomorrow, which is run by Ada Babar and Palm's Kasra Kurt. Carlson’s videos feel reminiscent of artists like Cecelia Condit, crafting experiences out of mundane imagery that are profoundly emotive and subtly unnerving. Their aptitude for craftsmanship in the video realm translates strikingly well into music, in both instances their works seemingly make use of whatever items are at their disposal. On 8 or 9 Walled Room, they repurpose household objects into percussive tools, making arrangements that are sparse but aren’t lacking in charm and musicality. Vocals become just one of the sounds that pop up in short, staccato bursts - a sonic whack-a-mole of sorts. The songs are short, highly technical, and radiate a warmth that feels more modest than boastful. - Josh Kelly





Four Letter Words "Pinch Point"

Four Letter Words is the improvised jazz trio of three Chicago transplants Jake Wark (tenor saxophone); Matt Piet (piano); and Bill Harris (drums). The is preparing to release their third album, “Pinch Point”, on April 13th via Harris’ label Amalgam.

Below you can hear “Five”, the second track of seven from “Pinch Point”.

You can catch Four Letter Words on April 13th at Constellation with Jason Stein Quartet.

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Macie Stewart & Lia Kohl

Astral Editions will be releasing an EP, “Pocket Full of Bees”, from multi-instrumentalist and Composer Macie Stewart (formerly of Marrow) and Cellist and multidisciplinary artist Lia Kohl of ZRL and Mocrep on April 5th. The duo were recorded live at Experimental Sound Studio last June.

Below you can hear the EP’s closing track, “There’s Something In My Sock (It’s Good Good)” and watch a video released by Experimental Sound of the duo performing an excerpt from this recording.

You can catch Macie Stewart & Lia Kohl at Constellation on April 5th with Charles Rumback Quartet.

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