Lo-Fi Performance Gallery Eastlake
Fri July 20, 8 pm 21+
Recommended by Dave Segal
Martin Bisi’s one of those important figures whose name you should know, but probably don’t—unless you scrutinize the credits of records by cult musicians like Swans, John Zorn, Boredoms, and Material. (He’s also worked with bigger acts like Sonic Youth, Dresden Dolls, and Helmet, and recorded Herbie Hancock’s paradigm-shifting hit “Rockit.”) The man’s a production wizard and a canny musician himself. His full-length, Ex Nihilo, is plenty strange, featuring eerie, operatic vocals and prog-rock and post-punk song structures that don’t so much color outside the lines as they do obliterate them. Moments of Jesus Christ Superstar–like exultation exist alongside passages of unsettling chaos, sometimes sounding like three different groups playing on a revolving stage.