The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus are always seeking unique avenues of engagement for their genre-defying escapades. The locally bred trio return for their annual Christmas-week residency at the Dakota with a fresh bag of tricks after releasing their eighth studio album, Made Possible, in September. Synthesizers and electronic drums infiltrate the band's acoustic orientation for the first time while Messieurs Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, and Dave King focus on originals instead of the deconstructed pop covers that helped forge their iconoclastic reputation. Made Possible digs into the crevices of the trio's badass avant-jazz classical garage-punk ethos. "Pound for Pound" kicks things off with Iverson's majestic, elegiac piano arcing through an increasingly turbulent blend of King's thrashing drums and roiling electronics. Anderson's galloping bass drives "Seven Minute Mind" while Iverson pecks at it with chord clusters and icy minimalism. "Re-elect That" ventures to the outer limits of bop while King's trashcan percussion is pure punk angst. "I Want to Feel Good Pt. 2," meanwhile, is a sort of cubist swing tune, punctuated by Iverson's enigmatic array of quotations, references both profound and dizzying, linking and splintering everything simultaneously. (Photo by Cameron Wittig)
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 & 9 p.m. Starts: Dec. 27. Continues through Dec. 29, 2012

 
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