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Ouzkxqlzn, Wren Kitz, Rob Voland, The Drunk Monkeys at Radio Bean and Plastique Mammals at Light Club Lamp Shop October 29, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ouzkxqlzn pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Monday night at Radio Bean. I got out of work at 7:30 and rushed downtown. I got in and settled and Ouzkxqlzn began to play. She lit into a cool drone and added a little voice and guitar and cello and recorded conversations and sounds she has found in the world. The mix was dizzying and she let recordings of people speaking guide the show. Themes such as explorations of performance art and societies ability to look the other way and let rapists be found not responsible cut into the listener’s soul. She played a story of a woman who had been raped then carried a mattress with her everywhere until the boy could be held accountable, but it did not sound like that ever happened. This was woven around Yoko Ono’s cutting show where she sat on stage and members of the audience came up to cut a piece of her clothing off. One voice from the drone wondered how anyone could let someone do that. Another voice from the drone confronted Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator, that seemed like it had some effect but eventually fell on deaf ears. The piece ended on a discussion of suffering and performance art. It’s always an amazing time when Lauren Costello plays.

Up next Wren Kitz took the stage. Joined by Lauren on cello, Rob Voland on drums and a cool bass player, Wren lit into the set with an off-kilter pop song about the unexplained. They rocked it out for a while then fell into a cool musical flow. They let that go for a bit and it solidified into a pop song about being the master of the world. They stopped and chatted for a bit then dove back into the music. They played a long cool piece about being unaware then wrapped it up. I love Wren’s sense of where to take music and loved every moment of the show.

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Wren Kitz pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Rob Voland moved into the front man role and Wren moved to the drums. A different bass player joined them. The set up was longer than ideal but they sounded pretty cool when they got into it. Some of the high frequencies were a bit hard to handle, at the extreme volume, but the songs were cool and the playing was great. They opened with a song that had a Wren rock vibe then fell deep in exhaustion. They played a drone with a western vibe, but with more screeches. They closed with a long slow heavy jam that got more and more intense until Rob was shredding heavily as it crashed to a conclusion. I’m not sure if it was a little too much or perfect, but it certainly was something.

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Rob Voland pic by Tim Lewis

After the chaos of Voland’s set I popped over to Light Club Lamp Shop and settled into the soothing flow of Plastique Mammals. They are a keys/bass drums duo who play liquid instrumentals. They create fun loops to get a full sound then just let the music flow in happy ways. I only caught a couple of their songs, and they put me in a happy mellow place.

 

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Plastique Mammals pic by Tim Lewis

There was noise coming from the Bean as Mammals wrapped up their set. I headed back to the Bean and rocked out to The Drunk Monkeys. They are from Boston and play straight up rock. The first song I caught was a slow bluesy jam with a ripping sax. I think it was called Sundays and rocked out at the end. They had a rocking Dead sound on Elementary #9 then had us stand to fall. The next song was louder and had a crazy rock jam at the end that made me happy. They sang a song about shadows in the moonlight then sang about a trap door. They wrapped the set with a sultry ballad called Atlantis that became a sultry jam at the end. They were a lot of fun.

After their set I headed out quickly and took the short walk home.

 

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The Drunk Monkeys pic by Tim Lewis

 

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