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Sir Richard Bishop, Robert Millis 

When: Sat., April 4, 9:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $15, $12 in advance
Sir Richard Bishop and Robert Millis are bound together by both predilection and practice. Each has played guitar for a long-lived, reality-distorting band. Each is a confirmed world traveler who’s spent extended periods of time in Africa and Asia. And each has contributed video and music collected during his sojourns to projects released by the Sublime Frequencies label (run by Bishop’s brother and fellow member of Sun City Girls, Alan Bishop). But despite their similarities, they sound nothing alike. In the past year Bishop has appeared on five records showcasing open-ended and stirring melodies that seamlessly integrate Indian, Middle Eastern, and flamenco elements. He furthers the motif of traveling on his latest release, the marvelous Tangier Sessions (Drag City), by not only making the album in the titular Moroccan city but doing so on a small parlor guitar he found in a Swiss luthier’s shop. Millis, on the other hand, who’s a member of Climax Golden Twins, weaves atmospheric electronics, field recordings of his treks through distant cities, and snatches from 78 RPM records into sensuously narcotic reveries on his latest LP, Relief (Helen Scarsdale). Since 2012 Millis has spent a lot of time in India on a Fulbright grant, studying the Indian gramophone industry. Expect him to spin some of the material he’s collected for his forthcoming book and double CD, Indian Talking Machine (Sublime Frequencies), as well as play a few hillbilly tunes. —Bill Meyer
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