Tonight: Times New Viking, Yo La Tengo, Matthew Shipp & Joe Morris

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Matthew Shipp & Joe Morris at Seattle Asian Art Museum, 8 p.m.

Shipp's playing is like some kind of inverted, dark-matter version

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Tonight: Times New Viking, Yo La Tengo, Matthew Shipp & Joe Morris

  • Tonight: Times New Viking, Yo La Tengo, Matthew Shipp & Joe Morris

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    yolatengo3.jpg
    Yo La Tengo
    Matthew Shipp & Joe Morris at Seattle Asian Art Museum, 8 p.m.

    Shipp's playing is like some kind of inverted, dark-matter version of whatever you think a jazz pianist is going to sound like. The shape of the lines, the concept of melody, follows a strange, original logic that is a tonic for so much else that deadens the ears. He plays duo here with Morris, another celebrated avant-gardist. MARK D. FEFER

    Times New Viking, Herr Jazz at the Vera Project, 7:30 p.m., $10, all ages

    Ah, Times New Viking; they haven't changed a bit. Born Again Revisited may be the Ohio trio's fourth album, and second for the indie kingpins at Matador, but it's still a trash-or-treasure pile of absolute no-fi shrillness.

    Yo La Tengo, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Showbox SoDo, 8 p.m., $20

    Yo La Tengo's twelfth album, this year's Popular Songs, is yet another near-perfect marriage of lo-fi easy listeners and heavily distorted psychedelic jams.

    The record's last four epically shoegazing tracks could almost be a separate EP from the first nine fuzz-pop tunes, but it's just that magic mutability that makes Yo La Tengo so interesting and endearing after all these years. And while Popular Songs is certainly less aggressive than the untouchable I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass, it is still characteristically replete with capricious touches, from the organ riffs of "Periodically Double or Triple" to the Motown feel of "If It's True." The album's first track, "Here to Fall," opens with rich string arrangements and familiar droning guitar and basslines as Kaplan sings, "I know you're worried - I'm worried too/ But if you're ready - I'm here to fall with you." E. THOMPSON

    Times New Viking, Herr Jazz at the Vera Project, 7:30 p.m., $10, all ages

    Ah, Times New Viking; they haven't changed a bit. Born Again Revisited may be the Ohio trio's fourth album, and second for the indie kingpins at Matador, but it's still a trash-or-treasure pile of absolute no-fi shrillness. Punch-drunk keyboard lines knock against constant squalls of distorted guitar and hoarse boy-girl shouts, while somewhere beneath it all, a drummer pounds out bruised rhythms far past the point of collapse. It's such a visceral thing, guaranteed to jar awake anyone sleepwalking through indie rock's more immaculate practitioners. Even though a slew of bands have adopted the "shitgaze" sound or some likeminded permutation in the four short years since Times New Viking crashed onto the scene, they've still got the ability to shock us. And yet, as always, there are melodies peeking out everywhere, albeit bleary-eyed and nursing a hangover. Once you realign your senses to fit the band's brash, reeling output, there's a certain beauty to so much white noise and buried ambition. DOUG WALLEN

     
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