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Nat Baldwin with Reading Raindrop

Nat Baldwin

Tuesday, July 21

Nat Baldwin is a busy man. Outside of writing groundbreaking experimental rock with the Dirty Projectors, he has also made time to tour on his own solo, free jazz material. Standing behind a double upright bass, bow in hand; Baldwin frets at the instrument until it speaks in tongues you’ve likely never heard before. With the combination of these warm strings and his own surreal vocal utterances, the native of glacially carved Kittery, Maine, creates sound somewhere between folk, pop, and experimental jazz; peculiarly intimidating at first, but quickly welcoming once absorbed. The creation of these unique sounds—as demonstrated on his four solo albums, including his most recent, 2011’s People Changes—is not entirely surprising though, considering he is a former protégé of jazz great Anthony Braxton. Baldwin will make his way to Babeville’s Ninth Ward this Thursday (July 21) with local electronic trio Reading Raindrop. Debuting their cerebral forms of electronic soundscaping, multi-instrumentalist and writer Art Lakewood describes the group’s sound as “both an account of and a way of dealing with the pains and frustrations of living in a state of near constant social self-awareness,” in the band’s mission statement. Don’t miss this chance to check out these two unique acts at this intimate venue. —cory perla

7pm. Babeville’s Ninth Ward, 341 Delaware Ave. (852-3835 / $10.

Click here to see video from Nat’s show at Babeville