November tends to be a very busy month for local art-rockers BNLX, and 2014 is no different. For the past couple of years, they've set up at Cause for a weekend to host a Fest featuring themselves and lots of their talented friends. With Cause still sorting its situation out, the group has teamed up with pal DJ Jake Rudh for a show at the Varsity Theater on November 29.
Live Transmission combines the brand of Rudh's long-running New Wave and alternative dance party with bands that employ similarly adventurous artistry. Plus, the night will double as a release show for BNLX's ninth EP, Flextime.[jump]
Flextime features four tracks, employing BNLX's beat-driven synth rock on the title track, and a grittier punk aesthetic for a cover of PJ Harvey's "This Is Love" featuring lead vocals by Ashley Ackerson. The set also features the experimental "It Was the Light," which evolved from the band's set at the Cedar's Drone Not Drones event. The 20+ minute track will make you rethink what a BNLX song sounds like. The EP also marks the first studio collaborations of guitarist Jim McGuinn alongside Ed and Ashley Ackerson and David Jarnstrom.
Even if there isn't a BNLX Fest for 2014, there's one night rivaling it featuring several alums from the past two events.
Live Transmission Lineup/Schedule
The Ocean Blue 11:45 p.m.
BNLX 10:45 p.m.
Two Harbors 9:45 p.m.
Frankie Teardrop 9 p.m.
The Rope 8:15 p.m.
Gloss 7:30 p.m.
DJ Jake Rudh between bands
Transmission Live. 18+, $8/$10, 7 p.m., Saturday, November 29 at Varsity Theater. Tickets.
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