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Alexei Borisov 

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Russian journeyman Alexei Borisov began playing music in the early 80s as the front man of the Centre, one of the Soviet Union's first new wave bands, before founding the pioneering industrial dance outfit Notchnoi Prospekt. Since the 90s, however, he's gravitated toward electronic music of various stripes, particularly techno and abstract experimentalism; this performance, his U.S. debut, should reflect those inspirations. According to the show's organizer, Lampo, Borisov's live set will sound a lot like his 2004 album Polished Surface of a Table (Electroshock), a dizzying melange of splattery digitalia, analog squelch, chopped beats, abrasive noise, found sound, and droll bits of spoken word--some of them electronically processed--in which he delivers purposely mundane descriptions of everyday life. Most of the pieces on the album are vignettes of electronic collage; Borisov doesn't do anything I haven't heard before, but he's got a knack for artful juxtapositions, creating dense fabrics from random parts. He'll also screen one of his films here, after which he'll do a DJ set highlighting some rarely heard Russian electronic music. Sat 5/28, 9 PM, 6Odum, 2116 W. Chicago, 773-227-3617, $12. All ages.

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