Enjoy a night of experimental and psychedelic rock at The Center for the Arts temporary headquarters at The Plaza Gallery on Thursday, August 15th. Portland’s !mindparade is an American experimental pop project and brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Alex Arnold. Their live shows and recordings combine artpop, avant-rock, psychedelia, mathrock, post punk, drone/ambient and other genres in explorations of song arc.
“!mindparade’s debut album Everything is Happening is an ambitious low-fi bedroom symphony marked by flourishing psychedelic arrangements and dreamy tunes that recall everything from Deerhunter to T. Rex to the Elephant 6 Collective” – NUVO
Arnold is constantly writing and self-producing at his home studio, resulting in albums that feature varied musical personnel and stylistic tendencies. Arnold has also collaborated in studio with musicians such as Diane Coffee and opened for groups such as The Wailers (Bob Marley) and Les Rhinocerous (from John Zorn’s Tzadik label).
“The creations that escape the mind of Bloomington, IN based musician Alex Arnold are far from vintage psych duplicates. After growing up on a steady selection of earlier prog greats such as Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd and Yes, and venturing into personal appreciation for modern/post-modern classical composers like Debussy, along with avant-garde jazz greats such as Ornette Coleman, one becomes curious imagining the sonic complexities that formulate from such eclectic tastes. Following his experiments with musical computer manipulation techniques in his teens, Alex went on to study music theory and earn a B.A. in Music Composition, focusing on avante-garde composition techniques, electronic music, and orchestral writing. After listening to his newest album Dead Mystics (which was released last month) from his aptly named experimental project !mindparade, the feeling that I’ve been given a peek into the thoughts of a mad genius cannot be denied. No re-hash here.” -Psychosparkle
This will be an evening of Neo-Psych Pop, Experimental and Psychedelic Grunge with an added bonus of !mindparade performing with a 6-7 piece string section. Opening the night is local psychedelic rock band, My Dallas Teens, holding fondly to a musical structure of times past and harmonies of the future.
Enjoy a night of experimental and psychedelic rock at The Center for the Arts temporary headquarters at The Plaza Gallery on Thursday, August 15th. Tickets are available at thecenterforthearts.org and at the box office located at 998 Plaza Drive.
Doors open at The Plaza Gallery on Thursday, August 15th at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30.
Content and photos submitted by Melissa Clark, The Center for the Arts.