"I still think of those guys as folk musicians," says Valentine, who discerns no apparent contradiction between what you might see as avant-garde and what he might see as folk. "Sun Ra could sit down at a piano and play; with La Monte Young it was maybe tamboras. To me I think of folk music as an acoustic-based thing, where you can tell a story with the most basic instrumentation. And I think that's where we are coming from. You can get the flavor of what is going on pretty quickly."

As for Elder, she's just mostly happy that the new MV & EE album is not only more coherent, but also more portable than some of their previous releases. "I'm happy with what we are doing now," she says. "We don't have to bring things from our kitchen on tour anymore!"

MV & EE + P.G. SIX | 1794 Meetinghouse, 26 South Main St, New Salem | August 18, 7:30 pm | $10 | 978.544.5200

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