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Jun 292013


If you like extended technique and bass artistry reminiscent of Peter Kowald,  Thomas Helton and  T.J. Borden, you need to be at The Stone Fox on Monday, July 1st.

Darin Gray plays stand up bass and electric bass in extremely innovative ways. He has performed with Chris Corsano and Tatsuya Nakatani. As his wiki states,

He is best known for playing bass in St. Louis’ Dazzling Killmen, and with Jim O’Rourke in Brise-Glace and on O’Rourke’s solo albums.A prolific musician since the 1980s, Darin has appeared on albums ranging from noise to math rock. Besides Dazzling Killmen and Brise-Glace, he has played in bands such as Yona-KitYou Fantastic!Sad LewisGrand Ulena, and On Fillmore. Darin’s collaborators include Jim O’RourkeGlenn KotcheGastr del SolBunnygruntLoren Mazzacane ConnorsCheer-AccidentKevin DrummBobby ConnEarly Day Miners, and KK Null among others.

He’s also known to play an electric bass on his lap, reminiscent of the work of Nashville guitarist Brady Sharp. Fittingly, Brady will perform at Monday’s show.

Nashville guitarist William Tyler will perform a duet with Darin. Also performing are Michael Ross and Robert Bond. Michael is the editor of Guitar Moderne and a recent Nashville transplant. This will be one of his first Nashville shows, and I’m excited to see him perform. Robert Bond is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and overall awesome guy. We just recorded a smoking Theatre Intangible improv with Robert and guitarist Regi Wooten. Look for that next week.

William Tyler has a new album out on Merge Records. William appeared on the podcast here, and Brady appeared on it here, here, and here. For more info, check out the Facebook event page.

Darin Gray & William Tyler, Brady Sharp, Michael Ross & Robert Bond
July 1st, 9pm, $6 to $10
@ The Stone Fox
712 51st Ave N.
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

May 252013


The wonderful Josephine Foster is performing tonight at The Stone Fox along with Honey Locust and The Cherry Blossoms.

Josephine will be performing on piano, and her husband Victor Herrero will accompany on the Portuguese guitar.

Josephine Foster, Honey Locust, The Cherry Blossoms
May 25th, 2013, 9pm, $7
The Stone Fox
712 51st Ave N.
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Mar 052013

Auroric Dreams DJ James Cathcart Stone Fox Noize Index Tony Gerber
On Wednesday, March 13th at The Stone Fox, space music legend Tony Gerber joins forces with electronic music’s next generation Noize Index (aka Bryan Burnett) in their new band Auroric Dreams. The show also features DJ James Cathcart spinning “spacy minimal synth to freaked out earthy commune jams” and Circuit Benders’ Ball alum Josh Gumiela projecting trippy OpenGL visuals. James recently teamed up with Third Man Records and the Belcourt Theatre for a monthly experimental film series called The Light and Sound Machine. Josh just unveiled his newest art installation (which involves water dropping into an old metal pan in increasing frequency) at Boheme Collectif’s Future Night. He hopes to have the installation up again at another venue soon.

In addition to all of that, this concert is a big deal to me because of Tony Gerber’s massive contributions to the Nashville music scene. Many are unaware of Nashville’s ties to the development of space music, the genre of ambient experimental music popularized by the Hearts of Space public radio show. Vanderbilt Department of Fine Arts faculty member Don Evans began the Vanderbilt Media Experimentation Center in 1969 and fostered a spirit of exploration and rule-breaking in the many students who took his video art, multimedia, photography, and computer graphics courses.

Tony Gerber moved to Nashville from Northern Indiana in the early 80s and developed a friendship with Don. In a 1999 interview with Aural Innovations, Tony said:

I had also started collaborating with Don Evan’s at Vanderbilt University in the early 80s. Don is well known for his multimedia work in the 60s and continues to this day. He has a huge collection of esoteric electronic music recordings and is a great supporter of electronic music. He had been using eMusic composers with his performances since the 60s and it was a natural for me to start working with him. Thus I was introduced to multimedia performance in conjunction with eMusic.

Tony formed Space for Music, a Hearts of Space listening group that eventually evolved into a radio show, music festival, and label. The listening group helped foment Nashville’s space music community, with notable members including Jack TamulGil Trythall, William Linton, Robin Crow, Allen Green, and Giles Reaves, whose 1986 album Wunjo made Electronic Musician magazine’s list of top electronic albums of all time. In 1996, Tony formed the influential space music group Spacecraft with Lexington, Kentucky’s John Rose (later adding Diane Timmons).

Tony continues to innovate. As his avatar Cypress Rosewood, he hosts a weekly Ambient Sunday concert on the virtual realty world Second Life. Tony and his brother Todd talk about their musical accomplishments and the Nashville music community on episode 90 of Theatre Intangible.

The Facebook event page states Auroric Dreams is “an electro-acoustic music duo group with members Bryan Burnett of Noize Index and veteran live space music performer Tony Gerber. Instruments include synthesizers, guitars, EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), native flutes, computers, ipads, iphones and vocals.”

I’m incredibly excited for this show, and I hope to see you there!

Auroric Dreams
DJ James Cathcart
Josh Gumiela (OpenGL visuals)

@ The Stone Fox
Wednesday, March 13th, 9pm, $5
712 51st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209

Sep 262012

Poetry Sucks! #9 Carolyn Hembree Michael Carter Richard Houston Vox Arcana Tim Daisy James Falzone Fred Lonberg-Holm
Poetry Sucks! is a Nashville poetry reading series organized by Chet Weise. Chet pairs a group of poets with musicians and filmmakers for an always-engaging evening.

Thursday, September 27th, Poetry Sucks! is temporarily relocating from east side’s Dino’s Bar & Grill to west side’s The Stone Fox, the brand spankin’ new venue run by siblings Elise and William Tyler. Yes, that William Tyler.

Theatre Intangible readers may be particularly excited about this installment’s musical guest: Vox Arcana, a new musical trio from Chicago featuring percussionist Tim Daisy, clarinet player James Falzone, and cellist/electronicist Fred Lonberg-Holm.

Tim is a seriously bad-ass improvised music percussionist who has worked with the likes of Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee, Fred Anderson, John Tchicai, Dave Rempis, Steve Swell, and Jeb Bishop. It’s a can’t miss show!

On top of that, you get all this:

Poetry: Carolyn Hembree’s poems have appeared in Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, jubilat, and Witness, among other journals and anthologies. Kore Press published her debut collection, Skinny, in 2012. Her poetry has received three Pushcart Prize nominations, a PEN Writers Grant, a Southern Arts Federation Grant, and a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship Award in Literature. Before completing her MFA, she found employment as a cashier, housecleaner, cosmetics consultant, telecommunicator, actor, receptionist, paralegal, coder, and freelance writer. Carolyn grew up in Tennessee and Alabama. She teaches at the University of New Orleans. http://www.carolynhembree.com/

Poetry: Richard Houston is a Na$hville author. If you missed him read at Pujol Sucks! Part II Eclectic Boogaloo, here’s your chance to make amends.

Film: Michael Carter is a Nashville based director and editor whose work includes films that have premiered at Cannes, Sundance, HotDocs, Sarasota and South by Southwest film festivals. His feature-length directorial debut, “3 Minutes From Opryland,” documented Middle Tennessee’s amateur wrestling subculture, providing an exciting meditation on this sub-cultural phenomenon. He then followed with “A Difficult Days Afternoon,” which documented cult-musician Dave Cloud during his 2006 European tour, and premiered at the 2008 Bergen Fest. In addition to directing, Carter is an accomplished editor, with credits including Nomadic Independence’s “When the Worlds On Fire,” “A Rubberband is an Unlikely Instrument” and “The Colonel’s Bride.” Currently, Michael Carter is in production with his narrative directorial debut, “Million Dollar Bash.”

More info on the Facebook event page.

The above poster (and all Poetry Sucks! posters) was designed by Rachel Briggs, the insanely-talented artist who has designed art for Caitlin Rose, Old Crow Medicine Show, and American Songwriter Magazine. She also designed the 2012 Circuit Benders’ Ball poster. Check out more of her work on her artist page.

Poetry Sucks! A night of poetry, music, and all sorts of bad language (West Side Story)
Thursday,  September 27 * 8PM, free admission
The Stone Fox
712 51st Avenue N.
Nashville, TN 37209