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As Fire-Toolz, Chicagoan Angel Marcloid makes music that evokes and challenges our streaming era 

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Chicagoan Angel Marcloid has been making experimental tunes under more than a dozen pseudonyms since the 90s. As Fire-Toolz she conjures sounds that align with experiencing music during the current streaming era, where it’s possible to leapfrog between disparate artists, genres, and generations of music with the same dizzying speed and apathetic carelessness with which couch potatoes channel surf through thousands of networks. But unlike a TV zombie’s viewing habits, Marcloid’s work is always purposeful, even when it’s hard to figure out where she’s going; part of the fun of relistening to February’s Drip Mental (Hausu Mountain) and the brand-new Interbeing (Bedlam Tapes) is retracing her path through a ten-car pileup of retouched elevator music, unflinchingly harsh noise, industrialized and sugary pop, crunchy metalcore, and samples of computer technology and sputtering music gear. Tonight’s show celebrates the record’s release. Though it’s a tad slower and less frenetic than Drip Mental, Marcloid’s collage hits the bull’s-eye as effectively as before; the guttural howls atop a slow-moving sample of adult-contemporary pop are just a fraction of what makes “Window 2 Window” both challenging and visceral.   v

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