Philly noise / experimental trio Many Arms played a set at New York City’s The Stone a few weeks ago, conveniently recording their mind-boggling excursions into free-form jazz for further exploration. This is convenient because Many Arms’ recordings warrant and require multiple experiences; as Beats Per Minute points out, the structures, themes and essence of the trio’s music don’t lend themselves to instantaneous attachment.
But it’s worth the effort. When guitarist Nick Millevoi goes at it solo, as he will next Thursday at The Khyber, his twelve string guitar pieces land in a place equally as foreign but perhaps a bit more accessible with ebbs and flows into chaotic feedback and restrained melodies. More information for the 21+ show with Spelling Bee, Heavy Medical and Drums Like Machine Guns can be found here. Below, stream Many Arms’ “Surface of Last Scattering” and watch a video of Nick Millevoi performing at the First Unitarian Church from 2011.
Hardworking Philly outfit St. James & The Apostles play RUBA Club Studios tonight alongside Themuffinmanisaband. St. James is Jamie Mahon and The Apostles are Mahon’s cousin Mike Kiker and second-cousin Jeff Castner. Together, the trio fuses anthematic rock with moments of twang and the refreshing power of Kiker’s organ playing on their latest record Baphomet. More information about the 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch St. James & The Apostles’ BITBY video filmed this past October.
When life gives you six arms, make a lot of noise. That could be the mantra of Philly avant-jazz trio Many Arms, considering their affinity for experimental jaunts into noisy worlds most of us haven’t yet discovered. On their third and latest LP released by Tzadik, Many Arms (guitarist Nick Millevoi, bassist John Deblase and drummer Ricardo Lagomasino) reach a level of clarity that seems counter-intuitive when the sheer wildness of their free jazz compositions is taken into account, but it works (Spin thinks so too). Many Arms will be joined by saxophonist Colin Fisher at The Rotunda this Friday, January 4th. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch the trio perform “Beyond Territories.” You can also grab a name-your-own-price download of their Live at First Unitarian Church over on Many Arms’ Bandcamp.