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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Gig roundup: Hammill's influence spans decades

If there's a place to go to see the legends of the '60s, '70s and '80s underground, it's Shank Hall, which confirms that status with an appearance by London's Peter Hammill on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Hammill started out as the frontman -- singer and songwriter -- of one of the oddest, most chaotic prog rock bands of the 1970s, Van der Graaf Generator. But put your "Tales of Topographic Oceans" aside, because VdGG was nothing like the pastoral Yes. Think more along the lines of a pre-historic Bauhaus.

Hammill's distinctive style, especially when blended with the eerie yelp of David Jackson's heavily-effected saxophones, meant that the group sounded like no other. And it's dark, chaotic sound and style has often been described as proto-punk.

Although the band split in 1978, Hammill, Jackson, Guy Evans and Hugh Banton reformed in 2005 and have recorded two solo discs. But Hammill remains active on his own, too, and has issued 26 solo discs, including seven while the band was active and the most recent, "Singularity," released in December 2006.

The wide-ranging and diversely-talented Hammill also writes and performs music for film, television and the ballet.

So, expect an interesting and engaging night of music when he takes the stage at 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the smoke-free show is $30.

Please note that tonight's RRIICCEE show at Shank Hall has been canceled.

Some other gigs on tap this week include:

Bassnectar Labs Present The Other Side tour stops at the Miramar on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m., bringing Bassnectar and special guests like Beats Antique, For Knox Five, Seasunz and others along, too. Tickets are $15.

Sicilian rock chanteuse Carmen Consoli makes her Milwaukee debut Monday night at the Miramar at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. On this, her seventh U.S. trip, Consoli is still promoting her most recent disc, "Eva Contro Eva," but she recently returned to the studio to begin work on the follow-up.

Children of Bodom, Between the Buried and Me and Black Dahlia Murder team up for a 7:30 gig at The Rave on Thursday, Oct. 2. Meanwhile, Relient K plays there on Sunday, with openers Ludo, This Providence and House of Heroes at 7 p.m.

The Cactus Club hosts John the Savage's CD release party with Father Phoenix and Lopan on Friday and Molitor, Sleep Tight Co. and Revolving Doors on Saturday. Both shows start at 10 p.m.

My Morning Jacket returns to town on Friday, Oct. 3 for a gig at the Riverside. Tickets are $31. There's an afterparty at Mo's with Athens, Ga. outfit Dead Confederate, which is touring in support of its full-length debut, "Wrecking Ball." Rolling Stone recently called the band one of "Six Artists to Watch."

New York comedian Mike Birbiglia performs the same night over at The Pabst. Tickets are $26.50. Street Dogs, Time Again, The Stilettos and Flatfoot 56 are at Turner Hall for $14.

Singer, guitarist and main songwriter for the pop version of Fleetwood Mac, Lindsay Buckingham plays Saturday at The Pabst. Tickets are $51.50. Alanis Morrissette plays the Riverside Sunday and it'll run you either $39.50 or $59.50.

Christian Music News Source

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