We’re in Touch with Your World
The force-fed future includes music
By August March
It's a sticky contradiction/ It's a thing you call creation/ Everything is science fiction/ And I ought to know.
Some say The Cars were able to see into the future. The result was a brand of rocanrol that mercilessly bent genres, destroyed eardrums when played live or on the playback devices of the day and, most importantly, provided a blueprint for much of what followed as listeners lurched toward the future and an OK Computer. Now that the “what will come” has come home to roost, it’s more important than ever to use music as a tool of progress, prevention and positivity. With that simple dictum—as well as some killer tunes—in mind, here are this week’s suggestions for those concert-goers within our lofty transmission range.
Speaking of representatives of the most high, legendary, virtuoso axe-man Steve Vai performs at the Historic El Rey Theater (622 Central SW) on Sunday, Dec. 11. Vai began his lauded career transcribing arrangements for Frank Zappa and his band. He soon became part of that insane entourage, handling Frank's monumentally intense and intricate guitar parts as a “stunt guitarist” at the tender age of 20, redefining and refining the role of lead and rhythm guitarists all over the world in the process. Vai is on tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of his most formidable albums, Passion and Warfare, while also taking fans and listeners of all sorts on a tour of his latest release, Modern Primitive, which comprises unreleased material taken from sessions that happened prior to the recording of Passion and Warfare. Always an innovator, VICE Magazine wrote that Modern Primitive comprises a “lost album,” containing some of the most adventurous music the guitar god ever recorded, work that not only highlights his time as Zappa's protégé but also demonstrates his mastery of genres as diverse as jazz and j-pop. Of the recording itself, Vai said, “The music on Modern Primitive was written and recorded with virtually no expectations for its future. As a result, there was an opening up to a powerful and personal creativity that allowed me to find the most stimulating music I could conjure.” The curtain rises on this master at 7pm. It costs $25 to get in to this 21+ show; a small price to pay to hear a musical visionary who is still at the top of his game.
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