Alvarius B is the nom de guerre of Alan Bishop, formerly of the Sun City Girls and a potent force of disinfo-tainment in his own right. Bishop is a spellbinding sit-down tragi-comedian who specializes in a sort of rock in opposition – often to his audience. But under his gruff yet lovable exterior lies an intrepid musical explorer (and owner of the unashamedly exotic Sublime Frequencies label) who mixes everything from Cambodian love duets (delivering both male and female parts), ersatz English folk music, and Italian film nuggets into the Hunter S. Thompson–meets–William S. Burroughs persona he long ago perfected. He’s joined tonight and tomorrow by Egyptian psychedelic surrealist Sam Shalabi and gimlet-eyed spoken-wordsmith Byron Coley, accompanied by artist-guitarist Gary Panter.
Thu., Aug. 14, 8 p.m., 2014