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Tiger Hatchery, Mines, King Tut's Tomb 

When: Tue., Nov. 12, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $5 suggested donation
Considering the concentrated energy in its explosive, destructive hybrid of free jazz and noise rock, it would’ve made sense if formerly Chicagoan trio Tiger Hatchery had burned itself out as a working band within a couple years—and that almost happened. I first heard saxophonist Mike Forbes and bassist Andrew Scott Young in 2009, the same year Tiger Hatchery formed; they released a scorching trio record, American Free (UgExplode), with Chicago expat Weasel Walter on drums. Soon permanent drummer Ben Billington was powering their screaming, churning improvisation, and Tiger Hatchery became a fixture in the city’s noise underground (Forbes and Young lived at DIY space the Mopery, which helped). In late 2010, though, Forbes moved back to his native San Francisco, and local gigs by the trio became scarce; last year Young moved to Seattle, so that now they only get together to tour. Fortunately the three of them are finally releasing their debut full-length, Sun Worship (due on ESP-Disk on November 19), which means they’ll be on the road a lot more in the near future. Recorded in 2010, it consists of three pieces that seethe with blown-lung fury—even when the music dips in energy it’s still intense, like a simmer rather than a boil. The default setting is full speed: Forbes unleashes furious shrieks and split tones over Billington’s ultrafrenetic cymbal splashes and whirlwind snare-and-tom splatter and Young’s strident, distorted bowed notes and jagged plucks. I have a hard time believing they’ve mellowed with age. —Peter Margasak Mines and King Tut’s Tomb open.

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