Following the dissolutions of her marriage to Thurston Moore and their influential, iconic band Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon formed Body/Head with guitarist Bill Nace. It's a largely improvisational duo, both wielding electric guitars that define a succession of brash sonic textures, mostly atonal and arrhythmic, while Gordon whispers and howls ragged phrases or wordless vocal sounds. Their first album, Coming Apart, is an abstract construction of drone, noise, feedback, and fleeting blues and rock references. The result, hardly random, is a powerful exploration of raw, conflicting, often fused emotions, ranging from passion to anguish. Their harrowing cover of "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair," for instance, features a long, stormy, dissonant passage of shrieking guitars followed by Gordon's almost disembodied but tormented (and arguably deeply ironic) recitation of the lyrics. Minneapolis musician Paul Metzger will play an opening set on his 23-string banjo. This gig is the first in a new contemporary music series at the MIA dubbed Sound.Art. (Photo by Annabel Mehran)
Thu., Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m., 2014
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