The tagline for the sixth annual Minus Sound Research exhibition is "Music For the Eyes." On the surface, it's just a twist of phrase. Founded by local bandleaders John Harrison (North Elementary) and Maria Albani (Organos), MSR features the visual art of N.C. musicians, allowing them a space to display their work without it seeming like they're forcing themselves into another artistic realm. More than just emphasizing the obvious, the slogan subtly highlights the connection between the art and the music.
"The intent is to show a different side of creativity from this person," Albani says. "That naturally sort of lends to further insight of their music, if you do know the music. I'll get visual art from somebody, and when I get it, it completely matches how I feel about their music. It makes sense."
The exhibition features work from Dexter Romweber, The Love Language's Missy Thangs and Andy Herod of Asheville's Electric Owls, all housed in the garage space of Durham's Motorco Music Hall.
For the second year in a row, the cross-form connections will be highlighted by live music. The free opening reception on Friday, Oct. 7, will feature performances from cello-propelled pop act Birds and Arrows and dirty DIY folk outfit Inspector 22. After the reception, celebrations continue with a proper concert. Revered local punk band Pipe headlines the affair. Their chugging mix of scuzzy rock boogie and bent slacker tones will provide a rowdy send-off. Free Electric State offers support with a shoegaze-y mix of big hooks and bigger riffs that should prove a satisfying intro. Organos opens. Throughout the night, Veelee's Ginger Wagg will present a live dance installation. —Jordan Lawrence
The reception goes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is free to the public. The concert follows and costs $6. The MSR6 exhibit will be on display at Motorco until Dec. 3.