austenitic tore it up. They deliver not just songs, but compositions. The shit is tight. Bass player Ross Martins' style is sick: the dude plays chords on his bass and not just 5ths. He fluidly flips between strumming strange chords and then running odd melodic lines. While sing/shouting. It is fierce. Drummer Kelly Mynes compliments with equal ferocity. They are a force. Did a couple covers: "Message In A Bottle" by The Police and "Anxious Mo-Fo" by The Minutemen. Both well chosen. Written about these guys before -- great to see em again.
Then Wax Fingers. They were the analog to austenitic: two guitars no bass. Lots of hypnotic, syncopated songs. Layers of loops. Some loops from computer, some from pedals. Usually no vocals. One song with megaphone into microphone, creating this disturbing rant effect.
By Sunlight played too, but left before their set.
Caught Angelo Spencer. Songs sorta americana w/ blues licks. And folk rants. And there was a song in French. Also analog modulator device warping the sound. Last song was a practice. Like being in the basement with them.
Then Shenandoah Davis on piano with people gathered around all old-timey like. She let loose songs with songful chord progressions. A vocal style that could mesmerize. Heartfelt and tuneful. And chatting between songs, various anecdotes and what not.
Caught a cool show at The Josephine. Place was almost completely dark as a cat and dog wandered through the space.
I walked in on Wally Shoup/Dave Abramson -- Wally Shoup on sax whose melodic sensibility was wise. Abramson was awesomely complimentary. They were amazing and their non amplified sound filled The Josephine with an older sound.
Next was super ambient keyboard thing, I think it was Matt Shoemaker. It started with fuzzed out AM radio and then turned spectral and interior. Managed to snag a comfy armchair during the set and zoned out as synth harmony enveloped the space.
Then came freaked out sax performance by Simon through about 8 different pedals. Most compositions started out with one line or riff without effects. Then, looping would start, digital delay, distortion, etc. as the sound was freaked out and ultimately overdriven into a scary sonic tunnel as the performer played into the amp. Included was spooky version of "Summertime".
Final act was Mood Organ. Very noisy and not very melodic.
Only caught Wet Hair and Talk Normal. New space configuration at The Josephine, with the bands against the longer wall, allowing more immediate access to the band. No riser there so you are standing right in front of the drummer -- love that. Wet hair merging analog and digital nicely. Talk Normal mesmerizing. Both bands about the trance not about the song. Freedom from verse-chorus-verse!