Monday, April 28, 2014

Best shows to see: Dawn of Midi, Diana Ross, and more

Posted By on 04.28.14 at 11:24 AM

Dawn of Midi
  • Dawn of Midi
NPR is streaming the forthcoming Tune-Yards album, Nikki Nack, and even though I've only heard a few minutes of it I imagine I'll have the whole thing on repeat for the rest of the day. If you can get away from this stream and are in the mood to check out some live music, you've got some good options.

Tonight there's Peter Wolf at SPACE and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Empty Bottle. Tomorrow night you can see Diana Ross at Chicago Theatre or Skull Defekts at Empty Bottle. Wednesday night there's Bombay Bicycle Club at House of Blues and Disappears at the Burlington.

Be sure to head to Soundboard for even more concert listings and check out one of our critics' picks after the jump.

Mon 4/28: Dawn of Midi at Hideout

"This New York piano trio got its start in 2007, when drummer Qasim Naqvi, bassist Aakaash Israni, and pianist Amino Belyamani were students at CalArts, jamming in darkened spaces and developing a distinctive strain of group improvisation—limited in its use of melody, harmony, and structural motion but tightly coiled and constantly, incrementally developing," writes Peter Margasak. "Last year, though, Dawn of Midi took a striking turn on the album Dysmonima (Thirsty Ear), meticulously charting out every note and rhythm. The group comes off as a piano trio tackling the catalog of minimal techno label Kompakt or covering classic Neu! tracks, except that every element of the players' insinuating matrix of cycling patterns is changing all the time. Each musician creates a terse groove, and their complex intersections create additional layers of movement, like a wheel that under a certain kind of light seems to spin slowly backward as it speeds forward."

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