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Philippe Petit w/XAMBUCA, Robert Bond & trans* 

When: Sat., June 7, 10 p.m. 2014
No, the French acrobat who once walked a wire between the World Trade Center’s twin towers isn’t going to dangle from the ceiling at Betty’s tonight, but the Philippe Petit who will be there has some extraordinary musical gymnastics in his repertoire. Whether collaborating with leading experimental figures like No Wave priestess Lydia Lunch or Throbbing Gristle’s Cosey Fanni Tutti, or working on his own, the prolific “musical travel-agent” uses custom electro-acoustic instruments and modified turntables with specially-prepared vinyl to create soundtracks to eerie movies yet to be filmed. XAMBUCA, an Asheville-based collective centered on Chandra Sukla’s evocative ambient work, will share the stage tonight, along with extraordinary local percussionist Robert Bond, frequently seen as Regi Wooten’s improv partner, who has a solo set for drums and electronic gear. Murfreesboro’s trans* rounds out the bill with a harsh noise performance focused on heavily distorted vocals. STEPHEN TRAGESER


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