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Nels Cline is an artist whose inspired anti-genre-purist attitude creates music of sheer joyful surprise, and whose own mad skills always bring out the best in the artists he plays with. Such is the case on the all-instrumental Nels Cline Singers' new Macroscope (Mack Avenue), on which the Wilco guitarist shares the stage with bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Scott Amendola, two fiery jazz/not-jazz modernists whose hair-trigger interplay with Cline shines in exploded-view warps across Brazilian bossa, loungey bebop, psychedelic rock and garage-band screech. The pleasure's in the way this band hits the music from unexpected slants and, when discovering a fissure of sound to dive into, the expert way they yank themselves out of it again. The album also features keyboards and electronics by Cibo Matto's Yuka C. Honda, who joins the lineup for tonight's performance.

Thu., May 8, 8:30 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 05/08/14)

LA Weekly