• Clare Cooper and Chris Abrahams

On Tuesday night Australian trio the Necks play two sets at the Empty Bottle. Superficially it may seem like drummer Tony Buck, bassist Lloyd Swanton, and keyboardist Chris Abrahams have been doing one specific thing for a couple decades now, but the parameters of that one specific thing are such that all three musicians can display some serious range. They all come from a jazz and improvised-music backgrounds, and all of them are involved in other projects that, though they sound nothing like the Necks, turn out to be linked to the band by similar ideas once you put them under a microscope.