A fest for the brain

By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  November 19, 2008

And he hasn't even mentioned this year's local contingent, which includes the heavy psych sounds of Major Stars, the improv duo Nmperign with reel-to-reel tape artist Jason Lescalleet, steel-string guitar virtuoso Glenn Jones, and dream-folk singer Marissa Nadler. "Boston has such a lot of great music to offer — avant-garde, noise, electronic, rock — and many people sometimes just don't notice these acts until they're gone. That was certainly the case with a band like Galaxie 500. This means that you just have to work that much harder to get the word out about the great stuff going on."

For festival-starved Boston, Brainwaves is a massive undertaking, especially given its focus on music at the fringes from avant-folk to free improvisation to drones. "Other cities — New York, LA, London — get All Tomorrow's Parties. Barcelona gets Sonar, Montreal has Mutek, but Boston really doesn't have much in the way of festivals. Brainwaves is a big festival for Boston, but it still feels really close-knit. It's like a family gathering."

BRAINWAVES 2008 | Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St, Arlington | November 21-23 | Three-day pass $75 | 781.646.4849 | For full line-up and start times, visit www.brainwavesfest.org

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