If your favorite slipstream guitarist reveals your personality, then the two shows Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, and Nels Cline perform tonight with multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily should offer an improvised musical Rorschach test with a high degree of accuracy. Frisell blends rural folk tropes with tightwire digital manipulations; master effects manipulator Cline helped transform Wilco from garden-variety country rockers into a force to be reckoned with; and Ribot balances exquisite accompanist sympathies (for Waits, Costello, Plant and Krauss, etc.) with the insolent provocations of his group
Ceramic Dog. Expect them to goad and
seduce one another into all manner of mischief. And it’s surely no coincidence that the boys have invited the marvelous harp extremist Zeena Parkins and saxophonist Matana Roberts to open their early and later shows, respectively.
Tue., June 11, 6 & 9:30 p.m., 2013