Posted in music | pictures on July 7, 2010

words and photos Benjamin Lozovsky

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Nels Cline did surprisingly more broad-stroke painting then guitar bludgeoning during the second of two sets at Le Poisson Rouge Tuesday night. Given his recent deeply ambient solo effort Coward and Wilco's gentler turn on their latest self-titled release, you might expect Cline to light a forest fire having returned back with his long time band, avant-jazz rock champions The Nels Cline Singers.

Not to say that there weren't still plenty of ear-pinching moments or spazzy band-wide outbursts or relentlessly spiraling guitar solos that left you reaching for Dramamine (all in a great way), but overall the set see-sawed slightly more towards intricate ballads then a tempest-like onslaught.

Seemingly always prone to moving in some outlandish direction though, Cline entertained a more trans-continental aesthetic on his new Singers record Initiate, and those instances live came off as the most energetic. Digging deeper into his traditional jazz pocket while taking his spastic space noise into the realm of samba, latin rhythm and even tribal pounding, like on "King Queen," Cline, along with bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Scott Amendola seemed enlivened by the challenge of intertwining Afro-Cuban and Brazilian fusion with a screeching electronic, even industrial fa├žade. Little bits of latin percussion, performed by special guests Yuka Honda and Sean Lennon, added even more nuance and contrast to the intensity of the Singers in the grove.

Nels Cline has various other dates coming up. More pictures from the LPR show below...

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Comments (4)

wilco left nonesuch.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 7:03 PM

"Nels Cline did surprisingly more broad-stroke painting then guitar bludgeoning during the second of two sets at Le Poisson Rouge Tuesday night."

Should be "than."

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 3:21 PM

Should be "than."

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 3:21 PM

OK then. Yes there can be some bad grammar on here.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2010 3:50 AM

My cousin is Devin Hoff! How cool is that? I would love to hear him play again someday. I still have one of his guitar picks from when I was little and listening to him play at the Wine Cellar in Fort Collins, CO.

Posted by Heather | July 14, 2010 7:16 PM

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