Turning sweet (and savage) 16 this year, Anglo-German electro-acoustic improv trio Konk Pack combines the skill and vision of three world-class improvisers. Tim Hodgkinson (ex-Henry Cow, Friendly British Invasion in Search of the Soviet Shamans) mans clarinet, electronics and lap-steel; renowned improviser Thomas Lehn conjures on EMS Synthi A and DK keyboards/sequencer; and English percussionist Roger Turner—who’s collaborated with artists ranging from Fred Frith to Cecil Taylor—manhandles the drum set. If this all sounds a bit maximal and visceral, that’s probably because it is. Experience Konk Pack, along with local trumpet-tuba act Clucas/Weaver Duo, at Spirit Abuse (1103 Fourth Street NW) on Friday, Oct. 18. The recital begins at 8pm, and admission is $10.
Bostonian psych-rock quintet Ghost Box Orchestra’s 2010 debut album, The Only Light On, honed in on a Western, surf-inflected cactus-rock sound. On their latest full-length, Vanished, the fivesome explores Eastern idioms, swirl, shimmer and slither, birthing shoegazey space rock infused with church keys and all manner of post-rock psychedelia influence. New or old, the grainy desert psych-rock of GBO is pretty stellar, and Burqueños can catch the band live on Friday, Oct. 18 at Zendo (413 Second Street SW). Local psych-pop outfit You and post-rock/doom/psych foursome Pepper Griswald open. The all-ages coffeehouse/gallery gig sparks up at 8pm, and a $5 donation is requested.
Earwaves, Dwight Loop’s long-running radio show exploring the history of electronic and experimental music, finds a new home on SomaFM. The program’s broadcast originated on KUNM-FM 89.9 from 1979 to 1986 and called KSFR-FM 101.1 home for five years, starting in 1990. Moving with the times, the show now streams via listener-funded, noncommercial internet station SomaFM. Celebrating 34 years of electronic, electro-acoustic, performance art, spoken word, art-rock and other mutant aural art forms, Earwaves hosts an all-ages festival on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Lumenscape Studios (601 Frontage Road) in Budaghers, N.M. Highlights of the jam-packed fest include performances by Michael Stearns, Martian Funk Ensemble, Rampant Egos, SpaceBrane, Raven Chacon and Larry Goodell. Video art and sound installations add to the out-of-this-world vibe. The gathering begins at 4pm and ends around 2am, and tickets are $10. For more info, visit bit.ly/ewavefest.
NOLA swamp-tech guru Quintron and Miss Pussycat is the natural headliner at this gig; their American popularity and Halloween-adjacent, 9th Ward electronics and theatrics are bound to generate plenty of buzz, but tour mates zZz are equally swoon-worthy. Hailing from Amsterdam, Björn Ottenheim and Daan Schinkel purvey a self-described “space echo-soaked mix of ’50s R&B, drone and electro.” Evoking No Wave, proto-punk, psych-rock, gothabilly and synthpop in relatively equal measure, zZz is one to watch. ... and listen to. Sway to zZz, Quintron and Miss Pussycat and rarefied local “minimetalindierock” twosome Pancakes! on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Sister (409 Central NW). This 21-plus, costume-friendly concert swings from the chandeliers at 9pm, and admission will run you a fiver. Enjoy spooky, swampy vinyl platters between sets courtesy of DJ Bea and Alibi alum DJ Cassyle.