Adventures in Modern Music
Empty Bottle; Thu 10–Sun 13
Local avant-garde enthusiasts flock to the Empty Bottle each year for this summer-closing minifest curated by England’s long-running eclectic music rag The Wire. Now in its seventh year, Adventures in Modern Music presents an ambitious assortment of trendy newcomers, cult favorites and plain ol’ weirdos under the catchall banner of “outsider sounds.”
The five-day program began September 9 with a rare set from Bay Area experimentalists Caroliner. On Thursday 10, top billing features the Ex’s Andy Moor, teaming up with ambitious producer DJ/rupture to reenact last year’s entrancing collaboration, Patches. Day two includes sets from Oslo pop songstress Hanne Hukkelberg, playing from the lovely new Blood from a Stone, and L.A.’s Lucky Dragons, the alter ego of Luke Fischbeck. Dragons’ appearance at last year’s Whitney Biennial cemented Fischbeck’s reputation as a visionary sound artist, relying as much on audience participation as on usual tropes like field recordings and loops.
Friday’s headliner, DFA Records blog darling Yacht, finds Jona Bechtolt and relatively new sidekick Claire L. Evans, who merge cross-genre dance-floor exercises with a multimedia mind-set on the new See Mystery Lights. On deck are brooding Montreal duo Menace Ruine and C. Spencer Yeh’s ambient alias, Burning Star Core.
With increasingly authentic Balkan folk, former Chicagoan Jeremy Barnes and wife Heather Trost delve into Roma rhythms as A Hawk and a Hacksaw, promoting the new Délivrance as Saturday’s headliners. In the festival’s we’re-all-in-this-together spirit, sludgy Italian duo OvO supports. Also on hand is San Francisco’s Ty Segall, whose primitive garage-punk wouldn’t sound out of place at the Bottle on any other night, and electroacoustic drone duo Mountains, former SAIC students playing behind a new limited-edition LP, Etching, on Thrill Jockey.
The final day welcomes New York laptop-tinkerer Ikue Mori and harpist Zeena Parkins, promoting last year’s gorgeous, gauzy collage Phantom Orchard. Madison’s Zola Jesus antagonizes early attendees as she smears gothic vocals with distortion, joining in a broad, dense international subculture survey.