In 2003 the Bottle teamed up for a week’s worth of shows booked in conjunction with the British music magazine the Wire, known not only for its taste for experimental music of all stripes but for its impressive ability to be an experimental-music-loving British music magazine without being insufferably pretentious. Ever since then the weeklong Adventures in Modern Music festival been an annual high point of the Bottle’s calendar. As in other years, this edition of the fest contains a fair amount of what’s usually termed “experimental” tossed together with acts that music snobs might turn up their noses at in any other context.
The opening-night bill ranges from the quiet minimalism of locals Haptic to avant sludge from onetime Melvins bassist Joe Preston and his Thrones project to the hoedown-on-DMT that is San Francisco’s Caroliner. Thursday’s highlights include intricate future-pop compositions from Lucky Dragons and improvisations from Ex guitarist Andy Moor teaming up with the far-out turntablist DJ/Rupture. The sometimes inspiring, sometimes last-nerve-getting-on performance art/electropop duo Yacht headlines Friday, and among the openers is electroacoustic violinist C. Spencer Yeh, aka Burning Star Core. On Saturday garage popster Ty Segall—whose snappy, hazy new Lemons (Goner) suggests a less aggro, loosened-up Jay Reatard—warms up the stage for the Eastern European-inspired folk duo A Hawk and a Hacksaw. The final show sums up the fest’s broad palette nicely, with the grey-toned goth garage of Blank Dogs giving way to a set by Phantom Orchard, a team-up between wild noise harpist Zeena Parkins and laptop-wielding no-wave pioneer Ikue Mori.