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Concert Thu Jun 14 2007

Of disfigured stingrays and ex-burn wards

East Coast (as well as points further inland) is representin' at Enemy this Friday (8:30 p.m.; 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave, 3rd Floor; $5 donation). It's a grab-bag of musical styles, all of them shrouded in great mystery.

They used to call him Burn Ward, but now they don't at his request. Benny Nelson (of Boston, MA) operated under this nom de noise for three years before jettisoning it and its tough-guy associations to perform under his own initials, BRN. I haven't heard this new incarnation, but I do know that in his past life, Benny could shear a sheep with his high-ends alone, and as a member of the long-running power electronics ensemble Fire in the Head, you can bet that his gift to you shall not be perfumed or demure.

New Jersey-ite 2673 is know to many by his dizzying array of split releases with other artists, ranging from Jessica Rylan to Chicago's own Kevin Drumm. He runs this Bone Tooth Horn tape label, and seems to get expoenentially better with each recorded outing.

A Jenny Haniver is a dried-up cuttlefish or stingray that's carved by sailors, varnished, and sold as a gross little figurine to tourists. You learn something new every day, huh? Another thing that is a Jenny Haniver is New Jersey experimental legend-in-the-making King Darves. This is the kind of guy that's got folks disclaimering with things like "I normally HATE this kind of stuff, but THIS guy is GOOD." So, if you hate this kind of stuff, c'mon down anyway, because THIS guy is GOOD!

Then there's Adam Strohm. His output may be slim (does he even have a record out yet?), and his appearances infrequent, but this Chicagoan will wow you with his delicate but full-frequency audio drama. Come see what the fuss is all about.

 
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Our Final Transmission Days

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