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Within Range: From D&B to Alt Country

Within Range: From D&B to Alt Country

Dance Skeptical's drum ‘n’ bass at Sister; celebrate the launch of out-and-proud alt.space Corpus Info Shop with a kickass opening night concert; hear good ol’ alt.country band Freakwater at Low Spirits.

Within Range: From D&B to Alt Country



Skeptical (Courtesy of artist)

Skeptical (Courtesy of artist)

While I’ve never been able to dance to it with any proficiency given its frantic breakbeats and often menacing tone I do get the appeal of drum ‘n’ bass music. Borne of early ’90s British rave and jungle dance floors, drum ‘n’ bass also owes its sound to dub and reggae. Those complex D&B beats often exceed 180 beats per minute, the basslines can rattle your fillings and synths and samples round out the mix.

We can, in part, blame D&B for the existence of dubstep and Skrillex (ugh), but every innovation has perils. Don’t doubt the D&B power of UK sensation Ashley Tindall aka Skeptical when he stops in to drop beats at Sister (407 Central NW) on Friday, February 26th. Doors for this 21-plus gig are at 8:00 p.m., and the show breaks out at 9:00 p.m.

Fans of Roni Size, Goldie, Photek and Squarepusher will dig this bill, presented by Rude Behavior Productions. Local opening acts include Laguna Pueblo native BK Nights, host of a weekly streaming show called Sum.Days (4-6 p.m. on Sundays), as well as Matt S. and Tempo. Get there before 10:00 p.m. for $5 entry; it’s $10 after. For more info, visit holdmyticket.com/event/226221.


Corpus Info Shop (Courtesy of Corpus Info Shop)

Corpus Info Shop (Courtesy of Corpus Info Shop)

There’s a new shop in town an infoshop, that is. For the uninitiated, infoshops are alternative spaces that trade in media you won’t find in a typical public library. Materials on topics including anarchism, bicycling, DIY, veganism, the occult, feminism and queer culture abound. Corpus Info Shop, located Downtown at 214 Sixth Street SW (near Sixth & Silver) is an LGBT-run, member-supported shop as well as a zine hub, lending library, mixtape station and a safe event space for creative weirdos of all ages. Launched by Steven Serrano and Edward Phillips, Corpus isn’t gay as in “happy” but rather radical queer as in “eff you.”

What better way to launch an out-and-proud alt.space than with a kickass opening night concert? Celebrate Corpus with three artists from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4th. Doors are at 6:00 p.m. The evening features sounds from Pits (a vegan queer EBM duo with an all-dog song setlist); Discotays (Native lo-fi noise with song title shout-outs to Tom Robbins books); and Vallius (gorgeous industrial soul music from a renowned Brooklyn transplant). Bring a book, zine or mixtape to donate to the Corpus Library. For questions or more info, call 750-1886, email corpus.infoshop@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/corpusinfoshop. Sample music from Discotays and Vasillus on Soundcloud, but you’ll have to show up for a taste of Pits.


Freakwater (Courtesy of artist)

Freakwater (Courtesy of artist)

There’s twang-pop radio-friendly unit shifters in Daisy Dukes masquerading as country and then there’s alternative country. Yes, music nerds, that’s still a thing. As long as the underbelly of the American South teems with maggots, magnolias, guns, God and good whiskey, it’ll remain a thing.

It’s refreshing to hear good ol’ alt.country from the ’90s making a comeback with Freakwater. Head down to Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) to catch Freakwater on Saturday, March 5th. Doors are at 8:00 p.m., and the show begins at 9:00 p.m.

Founding member Catherine Irwin is a Louisville native, while her cohort Janet Bean has called Chicago home nearly three decades. Starting in 1989, the pair has managed to make it weird and make it work. Bean’s is the clearer voice, similar to a young Emmylou Harris, while Irwin’s keening conjures Mama Maybelle Carter. Bassist David Wayne Gay rounds out the group.

Freakwater went on hiatus for seven years while Bean and Irwin worked on other projects. The 20-year anniversary reissue of 1993’s “Feels Like the Third Time” saw revived interest in the band, and soon Freakwater was back on tour. “Scheherazade,” the group’s first new album in over a decade, was released in February on Bloodshot Records; it received unanimous critical praise.

Meanwhile, the bloated liver, murder ballad-loving, gritty cocaine blues of opening band Jaye Jayle will satiate any dissonance-loving country goth with a soft spot for Angels of Light, and Morgan Geer’s Drunken Prayer has all your Southern rawk needs covered. Tickets for this 21-plus concert are $10. Visit lowspiritslive.com for more info.

M. Brianna Stallings writes so you don’t have to.

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