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On May You Be Held, Sumac are a beast of free improvisation, noise, and metal

There’s a lot of room in the vast and aesthetically diverse landscape of metal, but one powerhouse trio occupies its own sound-deconstructing universe: Sumac. The heady metal-centric music that guitarist and vocalist Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom), bassist Brian Cook (Russian Circles), and drummer Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists) churn out is such a left-field beast […]

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In Rotation: Current musical obsessions of a Reader staffer and two notable Chicagoans

Peter Margasak, Reader music critic Swedish Azz’s Azz Appeal: Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson leads an excellent quintet through sincere but freewheeling interpretations of tunes from his homeland’s golden era of mainstream jazz in the 50s and 60s. Stickmen’s Insatiable: Once every year or two I pull out this CD, which collects every recording by Philadelphia’s […]