Goat, Holy Wave, Outer Minds | Thalia Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., June 13, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $15, $12 in advance
Sweden’s music scene has long been receptive to sounds from around the globe, weaving them into home-grown styles in invigorating ways—it goes back at least to Don Cherry’s move there in the late 60s, and also includes the likes of Archimedes Badkar in the 70s and Bitter Funeral Beer in the 80s. Swedish psychedelic rock band Goat made plain their debt to this history on their terrific 2012 debut album, titling it World Music (Stranded/Rocket)—though the sophistication and seamlessness of the band’s transcontinental hybrids suggest they’re using that hoary marketing term ironically. Goat pivot nimbly around the planet, with one foot planted in heavy rock that’s soaked in wah-wah-splattered fuzz guitar. They borrow from West African blues (they cover “Diarabi,” by the great Malian singer Boubacar Traore), Latin boogaloo, and Pakistani qawwali, as well as Krautrock and post-Spacemen 3 drone. On Goat’s first studio release since World Music, the 2013 single “Dreambuilding” (it came out in the States on Sub Pop, which signed the band this spring), they deploy nifty, proggy unison guitar alongside amplified kalimba—striking the perfect balance again. —Peter Margasak



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