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Spires That In The Sunset Rise
Since 2001, internationally renowned psych-folk visionaries Spires That in the Sunset Rise have released six full length albums. Having once been a Chicago-based collaboration of up to five women all hailing from Decatur, Illinois, the music is now the more intimate expression of long time members Kathleen Baird and Taralie Peterson, now living in Madison, Wisconsin. The instrumentation remains varied and eclectic: harmonium, guitar, slide, banjo, bowed psaltery, cello, flute, autoharp, spike fiddle, mbira, etc. Toying with certain traditions but never fully embracing one, STITSR remains a truly unique vision of the personal and mystical.
Arrington de Dionyso
Many of you may remember Arrington from his previous band, Old Time Relijun. Arrington de Dionyso continues to conjure up utopic ppaces with multiphonic vocal work & minimalist instrumentation with his trance punk work as Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa. It’s shamanic seance meets rock and roll ecstasy; combining traditional ritual trance, electrified experimental approaches, dancehall rhythms, gamelan scales and mystically inspired Indonesian incantations. Shocking and hallucinatory, Malaikat dan Singa always aims to channel spirit.
Laughing Eye Weeping Eye
Laughing Eye Weeping Eye transports you to another place, perhaps inside a medieval church with ghosts, gnomes, and angels, or to a magick ceremony with fire-breathing serpents. Channeling old spirits into new forms, their music expands the language of vocals, harmonium, synth, and various instruments from around the world.
Caethua and Naomi Joy of Mother of Fire make simple fuck songs and gently drop long soaring ballads about freedom and dust into the nest of the scorpion’s fair hair. A truely stylish encounter, western inspired, bringing cowboys to their knees.
Ora Cogan’s haunting voice and post-americana guitar playing are like none other. Her music is expansive, beautiful and ethereal. It makes you feel as though you are laying down in a rowboat and drifting across a calm lake in the pitch black night with a storm approaching. She has collaborated with a variety of artists including Tara Jane O’Neil, Anni Rossi, Alela Diane, and The Be Good Tanyas, and has shared the stage with the likes of Hope Sandoval, Vashti Bunyan, Scout Niblett, Au, and Tanya Tagaq. She has also appeared on a smattering of underground tapes and compilations, including Leaves of Life alongside Devendra Banhart and Marissa Nadler.
Marmits are more of a “forced commune” than a conventional band. Over a span of many years, each and every member (alive and deceased) were once human before having their day of manipulative initiation by the hands of their cold-hearted master, Wildcat. Wildcat is an inter-galactic longshoreman/neon harvester on a mission to create an earth bound machine that will open a 12 lane, super channel highway between earth and his 9th dimensional, hypothetical beach property paradise that parallels the humble micro-universe which encircles Planet Hairless Ball-nut (the home planet of the Sperm of Shmarmy).
Knives of Spain
Knives of Spain is the 1-woman band of Gwen Young on guitar, crumar analog synths, accordion, melodica, flute, frame drum, bells, other misc percussion and vocals. All sounds recorded by and originate from g. young except the intermittent sounds of thunder, cars and cicadas.
Green Thrift Grocery
Giant Squid Autopsy
Born out of poverty into basements, Giant Squid Autopsy has been performing together off and on for six years. Their wayward paths crossed in Chicago where they continue to be based. With Mo guitar and keys and Andrea on reeds, they perform instrumental music that vacillates between the melodic and the ambient/abstract. They have enjoyed performing in both basement/living room/warehouse spaces and more regular venues alike. They have put out several limited run releases on their own, and look forward to working with other musicians and friends on future releases.
The Cherry Blossoms
The Cherry Blossoms are to folk music what the Velvet Underground was to rock n’ roll: rebellious, pure, and unlike anything else. Specializing in kazoo, 6-gallon bucket, poetry, carefully awry drum rhythms, guitar, and vocals that span octaves, melodies, and time, the Cherry Blossoms are unforgettable. Lead singer Peggy Snow has said that “No one tries to control what anyone else is doing when we play.” The result is a sound that is ecstaticly free, layered, and ranging. Their sound is at once elusive and timeless. It’s a sound they’ve been honing for twenty years. The Cherry Blossoms are sure to go down in history as one of the great folk bands of the 21st century.
What can we say about Emily Beanblossom, voice and vision of Ruby Fray, except that her dark sweet sounds enchant like none other? Somewhere between fairy goddess and banshee, cicada singing in a hollowed out oak tree, and corn husks rustling carrying across farm fields, when may discover Ruby Fray… Another safe bet would also be the local ice cream shop!
Village of Spaces
Village of Spaces (formerly Uke of Spaces and Uke Of Phillips,) is a folk group from Belfast, Maine. They have recorded numerous albums and traveled back and forth across the country for the past 10 plus years, playing shows every hundred miles or so, soaking in sulphur springs, doing seasonal migratory work, and visiting friends and family along the way. Influences include Gordon Bok, Michael Hurley, Neil Young, Woody Guthrie, Marisa Anderson, Lucinda Williams, Nina Gerber, Harry Partch, Jean Ritchie, Big Blood, The Fugs, Alice Coltrane, Uncle Bobby, Mary Offermann, Phil Corhan, as well as Lady’s Mantle Dew, eggs poached in creamed Sorrel, Marshmallow Root, Saw Palmetto Berries, TULSI with all her names, Puera Toucha, PG TIPS, Blue Dream, Nettles, Ashwaganda, and Children and the cycles of life.
The VonVolsung Sisters