Thursday, July 17, 2008

Nels Cline Singers at The Belcourt Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM

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Don’t let the droll name of Nels Cline’s instrumental three-piece confuse you—this is music that will melt your ears and cuss your mom, a full-on sonic assault that redefines “power trio.” In recent years Cline has gained widespread recognition as a guitar player for Wilco, but he’s been recording for three decades, spending most of those years orbiting the lunatic guitar fringe that’s also home to kindred spirits Fred Frith, Marc Ribot, Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew. He covers a broad spectrum—“Square King,” off 2004’s The Giant Pin, sounds like a punk-rock Mahavishnu Orchestra, while “The Angel of Angels,” from last year’s Draw Breath, is an ethereal dollop of cinematic wonder. Backed by a rhythm section (drummer Scott Amendola and contrabassist Devin Hoff) every bit as damaged as he is, Cline is a mind-blowing live performer, and a must-see for fans of Sonic Youth, King Crimson and everyone in between. 8 p.m. at The Belcourt —JACK SILVERMAN

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