Check out Megafaun and the Wesleyan University Electro-Acoustic Illumination Orchestra tonight in the CFA “Old” Cinema!
You may have caught Megafaun when they shared the stage with Akron/Family last spring at Bekham. Or perhaps you checked out their blistering Earth House show in September? If so, you probably realized that they’re one of the finest psych-folk/New Weird America/A[vant]mericana bands working right now. They’re also huge Lucier and Braxton fans, one of them studied drums with free jazz great Milford Graves, and they’re coming to play a set of more experimental, largely improvised music this Tuesday.
Wesleyan University Electro-Acoustic Illumination Orchestra, composed of Wesleyan music graduate students, will open the show. Come see what your TAs can do with laptops and contact microphones!
Date: TONIGHT, Tuesday, April 14
Time: 8: 30 PM
Place: CFA (‘Old’) Cinema
Megafaun is playing this Friday at Earth House, with Wes acts The Shade and Jacob Millstein ’09 opening. From AuralWes:
MEGAFAUN is your mama’s mama’s ancient hand-stitched patchwork quilt accumulating mildew in the hall closet. Ripping at the seams with a hundred years of musical history, it’s hand claps, tape manipulation, Beach Boys harmonies, melodies your grandpa might hum, and lyrical advice he might give you. It’s also kind of psychedelic. You may (you should) remember these dudes opening for Akron/Family last spring…
Members Joe Westerlund, Phil Cook and Brad Cook hail from Eau Claire, Wisconsin but are currently based in Durham, North Carolina – a locale probably better suited to their particular brand of experimental old-time American folk. That description hopefully merits a listen: Megafaun’s Lazy Suicide and Beloved Binge (via Hype Machine).
Wesleyan’s own THE SHADE (Adam Tinkle ’08, Josh Koenig ’09, Matt Paterson ’09, Will Brandt ’10 and Jake Nussbaum ’10) will open Friday’s festivities. From what I hear of Adam’s solo work this summer, we’re in for some sweet sentimental guitar work with a bit of Jon Brion-esque violin arrangement. You may (you definitely should) remember these dudes playing a party last year without any clothes on.
Also, Sam Bernhardt ’10 announces:
Jacob Millstein ’09 is beginning the whole shebang. However, nobody is opening for Jacob Millstein, thats just the beginning. The end is Megafaun. They opened for Akron/Family last year, and enjoyed us enjoying them so much that they are back.
Megafaun, The Shade
Date: Friday, September 19th
Time: 10 PM
Place: Earth House