Recommended by Andrew Hamlin
Ian Svenonius started out in Nation of Ulysses, back when Bush I ruled the land, and went punky, spiky; he was known for breaking out a trumpet and breaking bones onstage. His latest project, Escape-ism, promises less bone break and more menace. Clad in a skinny-tie suit, he strums a southpaw guitar and roams the stage while ranting in a squeaky cadence that owes something to Half Japanese’s Jad Fair. Topics include the law of the jungle and Darwinism as it relates to life on the street. Marx, socialism, and liberation theology also enter the picture. Guitar is still spiky, though.