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Concert: Drunken Sufis, Mzungu, PraxisCat

Benefit show for Center Global, the DC Center's program for LGBTI communities.

Drunken Sufis’ Pala Pala comes out on January 20th, 2017 on lathe-cut vinyl, limited-edition cassette, and digital download via Bad Friend Records. With the wake-up call of its first chord, Pala Pala signals the raw urgency of a new beginning. The wild polyrhythms and riffs that follow sound downright triumphant. There’s heady ambition afoot, but it’s delivered with an open excitement that turns contagious. Like Lightning Bolt’s most colorful moments, or the high-speed adventures of Parts & Labor, Drunken Sufis push their instruments into the great unknown, tirelessly chasing the high of a new discovery.

Blazing headlong through fast-and-heavy post-rock, Pala Pala collapses into a wash of homemade field recordings and melted keyboards. Sharply-arranged sound collages (remember The Books?) return to cosmic prog-punk, and Drunken Sufis keep moving. The non-vocal music leaves space for thrilling spontaneity, reckless drumming, and even guest spots. Where their last record, Cotton Candy Cluster Bombs, brought bite-size chunks of free-rock, Pala Pala dives deeper; the band stretches outward like Tortoise or This Heat, but they still sweat with the spastic energy of Brainiac or Deerhoof. A lesser band might lose itself in so many ideas, but Drunken Sufis surge forward with pure conviction.

The line-up currently features John Thayer (drums, electronics), Aaron Leeder (guitar), Tommy Siegel (guitar, bass), and Dave Cohen (keyboards).

Mzungu is the moniker for Justin Talbott's (Noxious Foxes, Yoink) synthesizer-centric solo project. Born out of a playful obsession while exploring the sonic possibilities of the eurorack modular synthesizer format, Mzungu creates a busy patchwork of continually evolving rhythms beneath layers of synth voices and samples. He independently released his debut record Interrobangers‽ which he describes as "introverted booty tunes" in November 2015 and is currently working on expanding his live set's before returning to work on a follow up release. He will be performing with Mason Macias on drums.

PraxisCat is the experimental electronic solo project from Christine Paluch. Christine is a DC based composer using synthesizers, code, and other musical instruments to explore the relationship between synesthesia and urban spaces.

WHEN: Sunday January 22, 4pm
COST: $10 suggested donation

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