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Colin Stetson, Justin Walter 

When: Sun., March 30, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $12-$14

Denizens of experimental music circles often wonder why the Canadian saxophonist Colin Stetson might be their member closest to (but still far from) pop stardom. Employing a technique known as circular breathing, with which he inhales air through his nose as he forces air from his mouth and into his horn, Stetson creates plate-tectonic-like groans and drones with his bass sax and melodies so full and fluttering with his alto or tenor that you might think he's supported by an entire string section. It's a long-standing technique in experimental realms, as are the collages of samples and readings he often works into his albums. If his music's so strange yet seemingly unprecedented, why is Stetson able to fill rooms the size of Kings, land himself high on the bills of major festivals and earn consistent attention from Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, NPR and The New York Times? In part, it's through association: Stetson has recorded and toured with The Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Feist, footnotes that become clickbait for the music press. But plenty of weirdos eventually work with stars. The key to Stetson's unlikely rise has been the core of accessibility in his music, the sense that—no matter how much the horn growls and rattles—that there must be something to hold onto after the shock of the physical phenomenon has passed. You can find that within any of his albums and during his visceral live show. With Justin Walter. —Grayson Haver Currin

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