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Rock times three
Major band alert! Alternative rock icons Shellac make a first-time visit to Martha's Vineyard to perform at the Katharine Cornell Theatre this Sunday, on a triple bill with Kahoots, and the Italian rock outfit Uzeda. In the alternative rock world Shellac is a pivotal artistic force. The minimalist Chicago trio is comprised of guitarist/vocalist Steve Albini, bassist Bob Weston, and drummer Todd Trainer. Their songs are characterized by unusual type signatures, repetitive and heavy rhythms, and musical structures that eschew the normal verse/chorus/verse for more experimental sonic explorations. The band performs sporadically, and their Vineyard performance is a rare opportunity to see this outfit live.
Shellac formed in Chicago in 1992 in the thick of the early 90s alternative rock explosion. Mr. Albini and Mr. Weston are renowned recording engineers, with Mr. Albini helping craft legendary albums by The Pixies, Nirvana, P.J. Harvey, Bush and Fugazi while Mr. Weston has produced discs by Polvo, The Rachels, Archers of Loaf, and Rodan. Shellac has released over a dozen EPs and albums, with the most recent record being the critically acclaimed "1000 Hurts." Their Vineyard performance is book-ended by shows in Brooklyn and Pittsburgh. Shellac will be joined by local artists Kahoots, recently signed to New York's I and Ear record label. Also on the bill is the Sicily, Italy, group Uzeda, who have recently released their fifth record, "different section wires."
Shellac, Kahoots, and Uzeda perform on Sunday, Sept. 3, 5 pm, at the Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring Street, Vineyard Haven. Tickets are $10 for this all ages show.
All good acoustic
The Imagionational Anthem Volume 2 Fall Tour performs Wednesday, Sept. 5, 7 pm, at Aboveground Records, Triangle, Edgartown. A suggested donation of $5 for this all ages show.
Julian Wise is a frequent contributor to The Times, specializing in music, film, and the performing arts.