Experimental & Avant-Garde

Organ Trail

When: Fri., Jan. 15, 8:30 p.m. 2010

Jangly guitar melts into lo-fi electronic experimentation over a hobbling rhythmic pulse. With a similar approach to Yellow Swans and Wolf Eyes, Chen Santa Maria is an Oakland duo that improvises atmospheric soundscapes and minimal dub through avant-rock and noise. George Chen's quirky-yet-poppy guitar playing -- honed in experimental indie-rock bands like KIT and 7 Year Rabbit Cycle -- is deconstructed and mangled through heavy effects. It then collides with Steve Santa Maria's sputtering drum-machine dub and lo-fi electronics, filling out a dense soundscape of deep mixer feedback and overloading cassette tapes. Though often veering away from the recognizable, the guitar remains rooted in poppy tonal lines and rhythmic patterns, keeping the duo more accessible than most noise groups. Supporting Oakland's Organ Trail at its seven-inch release show, Chen Santa Maria plays 21 Grand (416 25th St., Oakland) on Friday, Jan. 15. 8 p.m., $5. 21Grand.org

Jacob Felix Heule

Price: free

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