AZITA

Drag City Record Release Party for

AZITA

AXIS:SOVA, Trin Tran

Thu, December 6, 2012

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$8.00

Tickets Available at the Door

AZITA - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
AZITA
Local pianist and singer Azita wrote the songs on her terrific new album,Year (Drag City), for a 2006 musical of the same name by Brian Torrey Scott, who'd also enlisted her to create music for his 2005 play Detail From the Mountain Side. In the theatrical version of Year, Azita and guitarist Emmett Kelly occupied a corner of the stage, alternately functioning as a kind of Greek chorus and as the voices of certain characters. Her lyrics (Scott also wrote a few) confront their themes—in this case loss, change, and time—much less directly than is typical in musicals, which tend to spell things out clearly. For the recording Azita is joined by an excellent band—guitarist Sam Wagster, bassist Toby Summerfield, and drummer Adam Vida—that makes the exquisite melodic density of her music easier to parse than it was on her 2011 solo album,Disturbing the Air. The songs are supercatchy and elegantly constructed, filled with harmonic complexities and unexpected twists that put her in the company of classic pop songwriters such as Laura Nyro and Burt Bacharach, who also set rock melodies amid jazz-grade harmonies and chord changes. Stylistically she's never covered such a broad range: "Something That Happened" is reggae (with an extended dub interlude by Tortoise's Dan Bitney), "Out and Around" is a delicate piano ballad, and "Ice" is rollicking pop. It's never possible to get too comfortable in any of the genres she visits, though—her reedy voice and willfully disruptive phrasing keep you on edge in the best possible way. For tonight's show Azita is joined by Wagster, Vida, and bassist Nick Macri (Summerfield moved to Virginia earlier this year). —Peter Margasak
AXIS:SOVA - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
AXIS:SOVA
Axis: Sova proudly releases Early Surf: a blown-out, veritable guitar symposium of an album on God? Records. Recorded to 8-track cassette tape using a myriad of devices, Early Surf is the 2nd Axis: Sova LP amidst a smattering of singles and cassettes. At its origin, Axis: Sova existed primarily as a solo affair for Chicago guitarist, Brett Sova, his nomadic guitar accompanied by a drum machine - the Rhythm Arranger. Yet after making Early Surf (and since last year's "Worse Fools" EP), bass (Tyson Torstensen) and further guitar (Tim Kaiser) were added to the line up, expanding into power-trio territory. Already an expert in recorded, hemispherical-headphone pleasure, now the Axis: live experience sunburns the total mind with vivid guitarisms, fully gone off. A muggy haze, nomadic guitar tones, and a one-note philosophy; Axis: Sova has become a full band, nodding in agreement. The boogie comes to The Hideout on Saturday, March 7th.
“[‘Fractal Ancestry’ from Early Surf] is a stellar showcase of Sova’s flair for divine debasement, revving up on a boogie-rock riff and Suicide-spooky spiel. Over the course of seven motorikin' minutes, it all gets blurred into oblivion by layers of lobotomizing guitar solos that cacophonously entangle like radio waves floating through deep space” - Pitchfork

“…It’s a nice showcase of his guitar work chasing its own tail and then instead of ending up in oblivion, exploding into dark transcendence.” - Chicagoist on “Fractal Ancestry
Trin Tran - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Trin Tran
Steve Coombs is Trin Tran, the Madison solo artist who simultaneously plays keyboard, drums and guitar. His music is quirky and angular synth-pop with an art-punk edge and his electronic style has a personal quality feeds off of moods and body motions that only exist in real space and time.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com