Saturday, October 09, 2010 7:00PM-10:00PM
$5 donation
Sugar City 19 Wadsworth ST Buffalo, NY

Brainstorm-Portland, OR
Jesse Malmed- Portland, OR
Lac Le Belle- Detroit, MI
Not The Wind Not The Flag-Toronto, ONT

BRAINSTORM’s ecstatic and eclectic two-piece is like an eight-dollar smoothie made of Deerhoof, Sam Cooke, The USAisaMonster, and a little African highlife. They have been winning hearts and blowing minds with genre-bending gospel prog. Packing venues all over Portland, the band recently headlined at PDX POP NOW, has shared bills with Japanther and the Boredoms and, according to the Portland Mercury, “manages to sound like the entirety of Portland’s music scene whirled up in a blender, in a very good way.” (http://www.myspace.com/brainstormbrainstorm)

JESSE MALMED’s series of video-based song poems, lush videos, and Conversational Karaoke (a participatory installation in which the “audience” enacts complex, charming and strange dialogues of the artist’s design) are future-thinking, yet squarely set in the realms of historical experimental film, conceptual poetics, and ecstatic improvisation. (http://www.jessemalmed.net/)

LAC LE BELLE is an intriguing acoustic trio that juxtaposes the early decades of recorded rural American music with decaying Rustbelt aesthetic. A tradition is re-imagined- or maybe just resumed- in the ‘future-rustic’ swirl of mandolin, banjo, resonator guitar and double-bass. The instrumentation echos another era, but is employed for a folk music of now. Lac La Belle began with its members learning a repertoire of old-time country and folk songs, but they soon added more and more original material. The songs were honed during two sizable tours in 2009 and this creative flurry culminated in the first eponymous recording, released in November of that year. Recorded by Jim Diamond (The White Stripes, Detroit Cobras, The Dirt Bombs etc), the entire record was cut live in the studio, using only a few microphones. Its spare production captures the timeless quality of Lac La Belle’s sound.

NOT THE WIND NOT THE FLAG is a duo consisting of Colin Fisher (guitar, bouzouki, ney, tenor sax, guzheng, hulusi, misc percussion) and Brandon Valdivia (Trap set, Mbira, Slit Drum, Percussion). Music is a way of accessing the divine. Vibration is the echo of our creation. For Colin and Brandon the experience of music is a transformative tool. A conduit for gnosis and discovering the true self. On any occasion their music could echo the traditions of Balinese music, West African music, Persian or Turkish music or it could be devastatingly loud Post-Hardcore, Noise, Free jazz eruptions. Or all of the aforementioned at once! The music refrains from being derivative but comes from a place of deep respect for the music that has lifted and guided their spirits. (http://www.myspace.com/notthewindnottheflag)