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Chris Forsyth and the Broken Mirror Motel Band/IOSIS/Cassini

  • Eagles 34 2501 East 25th Street Minneapolis, MN, 55406 United States (map)

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CHRIS FORSYTH and the Broken Mirror Motel Band is Doug McCombs (Tortoise, etc) on bass, Areif Sless-Kitain (Brokeback) on drums and Jaime Fennelly (Mind Over Mirrors) on keys.

Philadelphia’s CHRIS FORSYTH is a lauded guitarist and bandleader whose widescreen art-rock, fusing taut compositions and mercurial improvisations, has earned him a reputation as one of the most distinctive and critically acclaimed guitarists and songwriter/composers working today. It’s become commonplace to hear Forsyth’s name mentioned in the same breath as masters like Richard Thompson, Neil Young, and Television’s Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd.

Pitchfork called his music “a near-perfect balance between 70s rock tradition and present day experimentation,” NPR Music named Forsyth “one of rock’s most lyrical guitar improvisors,” the New York Times calls him “a scrappy and mystical historian… His music humanizes the element of control in rock classicism (and) turns it into a woolly but disciplined ritual,” and the Philadelphia inquirer says “ Forsyth is redefining the concept of the guitar hero in indie rock.”

His most recent release, the 75-minute double album masterwork All Time Present was released in April 2019 on No Quarter, and has been met with universal acclaim, with Uncut calling it “utterly compelling,” Mojo noting that “Forsyth’s brilliance and ambition conclusively overwhelm his influences,” and the The Guardian giving the record a "5 star” rating


Working primarily with hardware synthesis means and techniques, IOSIS creates gnarled soundscapes and lush atmospheric and ritualistic sonic experiences. Initially conceived as a fully improvisational entity, IOSIS has morphed into a flexible and malleable platform for expression that is equally capable and liable of operating from a strictly compositional or boldly improvisational approach. The music of IOSIS welcomes elements of drone, noise, and ambient musical forms and textures alongside more traditional compositional structures and considerations. Ultimately, IOSIS exists as as a for constant experimentation and redefinition of boundaries and perceptions of what is and what is not possible in musically performative and emotionally transmutational artistic practice.


Cassini is Steve Palmer, Matt Beachey, Andrew Haaheim, Matt Helgeson, and Miles McClain. Cassini performs improvisatory psychedelic motorik music rooted in material from Palmer's debut album on Dying for Bad Music and upcoming vinyl debut on Sunrise Ocean Bender/Deep Water Acres, retaining the experimentation and distillation/subversion of Americana influences of those records, but creating a sound wholly their own via a big-eared, collaborative stew. Solo or in collaborative mode, Palmer and Beachey have shared bills with Daniel Bachman, Ryley Walker, Daniel Romano, Circuit Des Yeux, Mind Over Mirrors, and Ty Segall.

"In the Twin Cities [Palmer] seems to have emerged already fully formed as a virtuoso player... well on his way to becoming a legend in his own right."
-Josh Keller,

"As a new addition to the ever-expanding realm of recent guitar anti-heroes, Palmer is one to watch."
-Tyler Wilcox, Aquarium Drunkard