In the ’60s and ’70s, New York native Joshua White created some of the most visceral imagery in rock music—although it was mostly appreciated by people too zonked to remember. The Joshua Light Show squirted out all those goopy, liquidy, bleary, tripped-out, acid-engorged light projections that backed the bands at the Fillmore East—Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and maybe some other people you might have heard of. He returns for four days at the Abrons Art Center to help create an enveloping, synethasiac world with eight modern psych misfits. Tonight is a bad trip and fever dream where White backs creeptacular horror-disco wildman Steve Moore and local drone-drifters itsnotyouitsme. Tomorrow scrapes the soil of new weird America with local psych-jammers Woods and stoned-to-the-bone reverb-folkies MV + EE. Saturday will be awash with White’s purples and pinks, as it transcendently matches ex-dreampoppers Dean & Britta with ex-spacepopper Spectrum. But Friday night’s lineup is probably the most true to the acid-eaters of yore, as ’60s-era groove-‘n’-chug electro-psych pioneers Silver Apples are joined by their most loyal offspring, Brooklyn’s endless jammers in Oneida.
Wed., May 12, 8 p.m., 2010