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November 30, 2007 Friday

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Kevin Dunn, Vietnam, King Rat
9:00PM - - -


After a parenthood-driven hiatus of two decades — resulting more or less intentionally in a son and more or less inadvertently in a bass player — perennially penumbral cult songwriter-guitarist Kevin McFoy Dunn is stepping out of the shadows to return to live performance.

Supported by his backup band, the Common Article III — which features, along with keyboardist DJ Betsill and drummer Robert Schmid, his aforementioned scion Malcolm McFoy Dunn — the beefily diminutive Atlanta quinquagenerian is rolling out a roster of hyperliterate tunes drawn from his three 1980s albums (The Judgement of Paris, C'est Toujours la Mκme Guitare and Tanzfeld), 20 years' worth of (mostly) unrecorded material, and the whole century-old corpus of blues and rock.

As a player of stringed-and-fretted instruments, Dunn is known for an electric style at once cerebral, innovative, and uninhibited — "[He] makes his guitars sound like angry animals and natural catastrophes," rhapsodized the late Robert Palmer in a New York Times column from 1984 — and has recently excited considerable buzz within his hometown's alternative/experimental milieu for his explorations of the pop possibilities of the treated mandolin, the chitarra spagnuola and the mysterious chitarrone.

Present at, and to a substantial degree responsible for, the creation of Atlanta's new wave/punk scene in the mid-1970s, Dunn was a member of the storied Fans — whose frontman, bassist, and principal songwriter, Alfredo Villar, is to this day spoken of by students of the era in reverentially hushed tones — and went on in the early '80s to form the short-lived but hugely influential unit known as Kevin Dunn and the Regiment of Women. As a producer, he has directed his own projects — weaving shiny, vertiginous textures throughout the arrangements of his compositions — was instrumental in the rise of the B-52's (for whose single release on DB Recs he acted as production sherpa) and worked as co-producer with the celebrated Athens minimalists Pylon on the original vinyl version of the band’s recently rereleased first album, Gyrate.

Plans are on track for a simultaneous release on Dunn's private label Apokatastasis of an album of new works and of a retrospective selection of songs from the albums and singles; the current operating timeframe contemplates a date in mid-2008.

Kevin Dunn



Local legends Vietnam rock out with their brand of punchy hypnotic rock and roll

Vietnam



KingRat plays instrumental Dub Reggae, with hints of Funk,Latin,Jazz and Ska. We take the sounds of roots era Dub and add to it an eclectic improvisational element,using samples and loops in the mix. KingRat is mixed and dubbed live producing an arsenal of ever changing sound .

KingRat

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