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Music Editorial

karalis.jpg Taken to TUSK

The most “out-there” festival you’ll find anywhere is back for its 7th edition in October with three days of stuff you definitely won’t be seeing any X-Factor contestants attempting this year. Brace yourself for TUSK.

TUSK continues to gather the outer fringes of the underground music scene and pull them together into a supremely satisfying whole, and this year they have enticed Brainbombs our way to make their UK debut. These Swedes’ first release was way back in 1989, but they’ve yet to grace our shores, so it’s going to be a real feather-in-the-cap moment when they step on stage to hit us with their mangled guitars in which they manufacture some kind of dark groove among the noise.

Music visionary Steven Stapleton will also be at this year’s bash with Nurse with Wound (who have skittered their wares over 50 (50!) albums taking in everything from krautrock to avant-noise by way of cabaret music and nursery rhymes).

Also appearing is Beatrice Dillon, who trained in classical guitar and other conventional instruments before moving to electronics, and she will be paddling around in the more experimental side of techno.

Someone else who moved from “proper” instruments to electronics is Montreal’s Kara-Lis Coverdale (pictured). A piano prodigy she studied music at the University of Western Ohio where electronics increasingly became a pre-occupation. This year she released her Grafts album that has been described as “a blissfully introspective 22 minute piece for keys, samplers and EQs in three parts.” Fancy that!

Other names to look out for include Valerio Tricoli, Duncan Harrison, Klein, United Bible Studies, Élg, Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet (who really have to be seen to be believed) and many more. What else? Films, talks, exhibitions and workshops? You got it.

TUSK Festival, Friday 13 October-Sunday 15 October, Sage Gateshead, weekend pass £60 (day tickets £21.80). tuskfestival.com