Why Bad for Jazz Is Good
MAGMA FEST: KING TEARS BAT TRIP, FIGEATER, WA, T'TH & HARE
As part of Hollow Earth Radio's yearly March-long Magma Festival, the improvised music series Bad for Jazz and Table & Chairs, the label centered around the city's experimental jazz scene, are teaming up for a night of outsider performance. Both curators are celebrating their first year tonight with the debut LP release from King Tears Bat Trip (available digitally March 24). With some pretty out-there psych-trance grooves, the freak-out avant jazz of KTBT calls for five drummers, a saxophonist, and a guitarist. Members work together in other projects, including feel-good prog act Heatwarmer and outer-space jazz duo Bad Luck. Built around the weekly improv night at Cafe Racer, the Racer Sessions scene intrinsic to Table & Chairs is unique in its large base of music students and seasoned pros. Tonight also sees local noise act Figeater, who on "Crazy Lady" are immediately reminiscent of Chicago noise rock greats like the Scissor Girls or Arab on Radar. Then something happens: A balls-out three-minute clarinet solo sends the song into a celestial overdrive and enters another dimension. Bad for Jazz is here for you.Chapel Performance Space, 7 pm.
BAD FOR JAZZ #14: BRAIN FRUIT, WHITE LEOPARDS, DRACULA SPACECRAFT, GERALD STOKES
Seattle noise label Debacle Records released 1.1 last summer, the debut from electronic duo Brain Fruit, sending kraut lovers and synthesists into a tailspin. Brain Fruit reunite tonight with their original drummer, playing as a trio for the first time in more than a year. Their motorik beats recall the cosmic isolation of deep space and the kinetic pulsations of distant planets. And the possibility of an added analog synth builder to the lineup makes this show just the droniest. Joining them is Gerald Stokes, in town from Lawrence, Kansas, where he has achieved something like cult status for his electronic sound mashups. Watch out for Stokes's visual projections involving pregnant women and mind control. Love, Bad for Jazz. Black Lodge, 8 pm.