SIR RICHARD BISHOP | Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader


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In February we lost a great musician and a great band at once: after drummer Charles Gocher died of cancer at 54, his coconspirators of 25 years, the Bishop brothers, laid the Sun City Girls name to rest. Guitarist Sir Richard Bishop has been growing his own garden for a long time, though; not unlike the band's stuff, his solo work is part punk aesthetic, part world-music exploration, and part occultish avant-gardism and assumes a Hindu pantheon's worth of forms. His last album, Elektronika Demonika, was a jarring, circular game of electronic noise, but on the forthcoming While My Guitar Violently Bleeds (for the local Locust label) he returns to more familiar territory: beginning gently and hypnotically, the pretty, ragalike tones soon enough mutate into a dense, shrieking psychedelic mindscape--and then back again. A DVD of Bishop's should be available this year too, of his film God Damn Religion, which he describes as a "diabolical experiment in hypnotic mind-control." Animal Collective headlines. a 7 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212, $21. A

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