Dungen

Friday, November 7

The brainchild of Swedish singer and multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes, Dungen is a psych-rock juggernaut that affixes the kind of ear-searing guitar fuzz propagated by the likes of Hendrix and Mascis to delicate flute-piano-strings passages reminiscent of vintage Scandinavian porn soundtracks (or maybe an Air album). In the studio, Ejstes — further influenced by free jazz, soul, and traditional Swedish folk music — plays virtually all of the instruments, but onstage Dungen transforms into a quartet for maximum psychedelic transcendence. They-re not on a rock-star trip, though. “I have been a really, really bad stage person,” Ejstes recently told me. “I’m not into music for being looked at, I’m not into it for some kind of fame, but at the same time it’s totally amazing to play and then see peoples’ reactions. Those nights when the crowd is into it, we’re all a part of it together and it’s incredible.”

Fri., Nov. 7, 9 p.m., 2008

More in Arts & Culture

City Arts Ceases Publication

The free local culture magazine shuts down operations after 12 years.

Greta Klein (center right) brings the soft indie pop Frankie Cosmos to The Neptune. Photo by Angel Ceballos
The Soft Comfort of Frankie Cosmos

Sub Pop’s tenderest band brings its indie pop to The Neptune.

French dance company Compagnie Käfig brings the lights of ‘Pixel’ to Meany Center. Photo by Laurent Philippe
Pick List: Compagnie Käfig, Brooklyn Rider, Pete Souza

The week’s best entertainment offerings.

At times, the actors in Outlaw King are hard to tell apart under the mud, furs, 
and filthy mullets. Courtesy Netflix
Coming for the Throne

‘Outlaw King,’ the Chris Pine-led 14th century epic about the First War of Scottish Independence, signals Netflix’s attempt to conquer the Oscars.

Jonah Ray (yellow) joins Crow, Servo, and original host Joel Hodgson on the ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ live tour. Photo courtesy MST3K
The Timeless Formula of ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Goes Live

New host Jonah Ray discusses tour, honorable riffs, and nerd fan acceptance

Pedro the Lion. Photo by Ryan Russell
Pedro the Lion Returns with “Yellow Bike”

After nearly 15 years without new music, the Seattle band releases a song and video from the upcoming album, ‘Phoenix.’

Mr. Daisey’s desk at Seattle Rep. Photo by Seth Sommerfeld
‘A People’s History’ Takes Aim at American Triumphalism

Mike Daisey’s 18-part monologue at Seattle Rep serves as an engaging, fiery, and confrontational history class.

Big-screen Queen via Bohemian Rhapsody. Photo courtesy Twentieth Century Fox
Not Quite A Killer Queen

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ hits some musical high notes, but the Queen biopic largely plays it too safe.

A wedding procession welcomes you to <em>Peacock in the Desert</em>. Photo by Natali Wiseman/Seattle Art Museum
The Royal Opulence of ‘Peacock in the Desert’

Seattle Art Museum’s showcase of Indian art might lack cultural depth, but it’s certainly a spectacle.

Martial Arts at the Armory

Seattle Shakespeare’s affectionately traditionalist staging of Shaw’s unsentimental wartime satire, ‘Arms and the Man.’

Mitski auditioning for a role in a new <em>Poltergeist </em>film. Photo by Bao Ngo
Seattle Halloween Concert Guide

With a handful of stellar options, how should one celebrate Rocktober?