Author Archives: Tom Abbs

  • PC Worship

    PC Worship is a band, solo project & collective of musicians, led by Justin Frye, trimming steadily on the outskirts of punk, while enlisting methods of new music and free improvisation. Aesthetically the band is uncommitted and explorative, basing the generalized musical direction on artistic expression and the commitment to creative self fulfillment. “PC” is [...]
  • Arto Lindsay

    No Wave pioneer Arto Lindsay has announced a new double LP exploring his solo recordings from the past decade and a live set recorded at Pete’s Candy Store in 2012. Due out May 20 through Northern Spy, Encyclopedia of Arto includes collaborations with Amedeo Pace (Blonde Redhead), Marisa Monte, Caetano Veloso, Andrés Levin, Melvin Gibbs [...]
  • Wilder Maker

    Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Birnbaum grew up in a family of musicians, playing with blocks under the piano while his older brother practiced Chopin, begging for his parents to spin Paul Simon’s Graceland on the record player one more time before bed. After years exploring jazz and free improvisation on saxophone, he began experimenting with songwriting and …

  • Zs

    Zs was founded in 2000 and has existed as a trio, sextet, and quartet, now solidifying into the trio formation of Sam Hillmer, Patrick Higgins, and Greg Fox. While our music has been known variously as no-wave, brutal-prog, and post-minimalist, Zs is primarily concerned with making music that challenges the physical and mental limitations of [...]
  • The Necks

    The Necks are an experimental jazz trio from Sydney, Australia, comprising Chris Abrahams on piano and Hammond organ, Tony Buck on drums, percussion and electric guitar and Lloyd Swanton on bass guitar and double bass. The band plays improvisational pieces of up to an hour in length that explore the development and demise of repeating musical [...]
  • Rhys Chatham

    Rhys Chatham is a composer, guitarist and trumpet player from Manhattan, currently living in Paris, who altered the DNA of rock and created a new type of urban music that fuses the overtone-drenched sounds of early 60s minimalism with the relentless, elemental fury of the Ramones where the textural intricacies of the avant-garde collide with [...]
  • Cloud Becomes Your Hand

    The spirit of discovery has made heroes of mountain climbers and deep sea divers. We rally around it with undaunted belief that one day aliens will be our best friends, if we can just push deep enough into space. Cloud Becomes Your Hand reminds us that this magic of new worlds isn’t just on the [...]
  • O’Death

    ALBUMS Out Of Hands We Go O’Death Buy Now Friends & Family Vol. 1 & 2 O’Death Buy Now
  • Chicago Underground Duo

    Rob Mazurek (Exploding Star Orchestra, Starlicker, Pulsar Quartet, Rob Mazurek Octet) and Chad Taylor (Marc Ribot Trio, Side A, Digital Primitives) formed Chicago Underground Duo in 1997 as an organic offshoot of the larger Chicago Underground Collective. 2014 marks 17 years for Mazurek and Taylor playing together as the Chicago Underground Duo. Chad Taylor and Rob [...]