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Concert Thu Feb 01 2007

“And the rockets Redglaer [sic], sound-bombs bursting in air…”

Bob Bellerue’s week beats, if not your year, at least your month. Based in Los Angeles, this noise performer/installation artist/theatre designer/curator/writer has his fingers in enough pies to open a very unhygienic bakery, and the only thing it seems he hasn’t done since 1999 is rest. You may know him as Halfnormal (releases on Banned Production, Iatrogenesis, and his own Anarchymoon Recordings), but he’s got a heaping helping of other projects, sporting colorful names like Feed the Dragon, Vegan Murderers, and The Meteor Headed for Us.

On Friday, February 10, he performs at Wicker Park performance space Enemy (1550 N. Milwaukee Ave, 9 p.m., $5 suggested donation) as Redglaer, a project based around large, cascading whorls of textural sound, or as his catalog copy poetically puts it, “ions seduced by sunspots.” Readers of The Wire may have caught the favorable review of the new Redglaer 10” in the December issue, in the section fittingly titled “Size Matters” (it’s a 10”, geddit?).

Phalanxing the Bellerue tore-up de force will be four Chicago mainstays in three groupings. Vadim Sprikut, regarded for his quiet and careful electroacoustic improvisations, here tears up the floorboards as Shattered Hymen, a digital noise project guaranteed to chop your frontal lobes into ones and zeros. Jason Soliday, curator of Enemy and collaborator par excellence (anyone here remember Gunshop?) invokes his patented brand of smoldering mad-scientist electronic juju. This is his first solo gig in quite some time. Opening will be Burrow, a collaborative endeavor between Blake Edwards (Vertonen) and Bryan Tholl (Is). Sources say Burrow are really working the “unchanging walls of humongous noise” school (think Incapacitants, The Rita, Blod) in new and surprising ways. Earplugs just short of mandatory; attendance is far beyond the realm of excuses about the cold weather.

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Our Final Transmission Days

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