8pm, all ages, $10
Norwegian noise – rock pioneers Årabrot are just coming back to the US and Exploded View in May!! After a killer show last year at EV, they are touring in support of their new release The Gospel . The new album The Gospel was recorded partly with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and partly in an old church in the woods of Dalarna, Sweden. Ted Parsons, Stephen O’malley and Erlend Hjelvik (Kvelertak) are some of the musicians contributing on this album along with noise-lord Lasse Marhaug and Andrew Liles (Currant 93/Nurse With Wound) who’s occasionally played live with the band. Local Black Metal mavens Chronovorus will support this ear/mind altering event.
Documentary film & La Merma LIVE!!
This show is a tribute to the passion & history of the venerable Sonoran (MX) punk rock band La Merma!! Opening the night is a screening of Tino Valera’s 2010 documentary La merma, 15 años de camino (The Decline 15 Years Down the Road ) which documents one of the most important punk rock bands on the northern border of Mexico and testifies to their history and outrageous journey of life in a city (Nogales, Sonora ) that “at times seems to vanish” . Three albums, numerous members and fifteen years down the road, this film is a window into the events that moved a generation hungry for identity. The second half of this evening features La Merma’s shouting out the truth and performing live and loud at EV!
Probing into the deep psyche of music, fame and film this evening poses two exceptional in-person artist’s forays and genius spins on the infinite iterations of Rock & Roll. Jess Holzworth is a visual artist & video maker who employs her hyper-collage aesthetic to the making of stunning music videos for bands including Beck, Black Bananas, M.I.A., and Deep Valley. These and more of Holzworth’s videos will be screened tonight. Next, join meticulous historian Clif Taylor/Chick Cashman, dragged through the ashes of glam hell, in live discussion on the essence of rock and roll- a cosmological montage and performance manifesto, preaching + playing cosmic cowboy bullshit all while weaving a web between Cassavetes’ Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Bewitched and high heels ad infinitum!
Just in time for un-Easter, EV presents Alejandro Jodorowsky’s phenomenal filmic tale of occult psychedelic wonders! A scandal when first released in 1973, The Holy Mountain is a dazzling visual feast of ritual and symbol, an often sublime and grotesque satire on consumerism, militarism and the exploitation of third world cultures by the West. Augmenting the film’s original Don Cherry soundtrack this film with be re-scored live with improvisational sonic interventions from Tucson sound wizards Jeff Lownsbury & Connor Gallaher (both of The Night Collectors). Come blow your mind and raise your eyes/ears/soul to the heavens!!
Ornette: Made in America captures Ornette Coleman’s evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes and some of the first music video-style segments ever made chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon. Among those who contribute to the film include William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell. The film focuses on the struggles and triumphs of Ornette Coleman’s life as well as on the inspired intelligence that spawned his creativity and ensured his success. Experimental pioneer, Shirley Clarke’s film explores the rhythms, images and myths of America seen through they eyes of an artist’s ever-expanding imagination and experience.
Tonight in conjunction with Tucson’s Big Read Connects, EV presents the most avant-garde film interpretation of an Edgar Allen Poe’s tale, The Fall of the House of Usher. Made in Los Angeles in 1928 by James Watson & Melville Webber this rarely screened black & white American expressionist horror masterpiece will be scored four times by 4 amazing Tucson musicians/bands. Featuring sound & text from Algae & Tentacles, Lousie LeHir + Annie Dolan, Carbon Canyon, and Robert Villa. Come for the love of Poe, music and musical experimentation!
with Skincage + Igloo Martian + sunfucked + Lunar Halo (featuring Nik & Grant of the Myrrors)
This show will a be a album release performance of Schlappi’s entire epic sound suite Poseidonis with accompanying live visuals.
Schlappi says “It’s from a story by Clark Ashton Smith. Poseidonis is basically Atlantis. Smith was influenced by Madame Blavatsky who was a medium around the same time as Aleister Crowley and wrote a lot about Atlantis and unearthed secret histories of the occult. “ Featuring the heavy sounds and wild manifestations of Tucson’s DIY expanded NOISE community!
SONAURAL is the debut performance of an electronic music project by Tucson-based artist JAMES COLBY (Vox Urbana/New Doubt). Each composition is created entirely from field recordings collected in Tucson over the past 6 months and mangled into half-recognizable leftfield beats and drones. DC-based film artist PATRICK CAIN will induce synesthesia with accompanying live video manipulations, and the night will culminate with a DJ set from local producer legend ALTRICE. Come and dance to sounds wrangled directly from the concrete urban prairies of Tucson!
(curator in person)
Tonight we welcome Bogotá based artist & curator Carolina Fernandez Del Dago presenting a program of new experimental video from the country of Colombia. Many of these new works recently screened at the inaugural Lugares Extraños y Caóticos Festival and represent a cross section experimental practices and themes from an emerging media scene. In addition, Del Dago will be including a selection of historical cinematic works (from as far back as the 1960’s) that mark the genesis of alternative media in the country. Employing diverse forms and aesthetics, the selected works are critical and playful in their portraiture of absurdity; a specific embodiment of the Colombian cultural imagery. DJ Carl Hanni will open & close the show spinning Cumbia, Champeta and more from the vibrant musical landscape that is Colombia!