Rare Frequencies: What's in a name?

The evocative qualities of a name like the PUTREFIER are about as subtle as a flying hammer, but Mark Durgan’s music is actually nuanced. Honest. Although his recent records are by no means easy-listening classics, they aren’t as fetidly ferocious as you might imagine, owing as much to musique concrète as to Merzbow. Durgan is a 20-year veteran of the UK noise scene who’s collaborated with legendary avant-noiseniks like the New Blockaders. At his show at the Piano Craft Guild this Monday, he’s on a bill with Ohio experimental musician SAM GOLDBERG (who works with organs and guitars, among other instruments), UNEVEN UNIVERSE, and local crackling drone fellows SKELETONS OUT. It could turn out to be a very mellow evening.

A week from Saturday, a very special concert at Brandeis’s Slosberg Music Center will mark the US debut of NETTLE. The brainchild of the amazing DJ /RUPTURE (a/k/a Jace Clayton), Nettle boast Clayton on turntables, synths, and samplers, Moroccan musician ABDELHAK RAHAL on violin and oud, Khalid Bennaji on guembri and bendir and Brent Arnold on cello. The group combine disparate traditions — North African folk, free improvisation, and breakbeats — that reflect its members’ varied backgrounds. There will be a pre-concert talk and improv workshop; check the event Web site for details. 

On the bill with Nettle is FILASTINE, a peripatetic percussionist and producer whose phenomenal second full-length, Dirty Bomb, has just been released on /rupture’s Soot label. Filastine’s music is a potent melange of breaks, hip-hop, jungle, dubstep, and political outrage. He’ll also be playing a solo set, the following Monday, at Enormous Room.

PUTREFIER + SAM GOLDBERG + UNEVEN UNIVERSE + SKELETONS OUT | Piano Craft Guild, 791 Tremont St, Boston | March 16 at 8 pm | $5-$10 | | NETTLE + FILASTINE w/visuals by DANIEL PERLIN | Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis University, Waltham | March 21 at 8 pm | $20/$10 | 781.786.3400 or | FILASTINE | Enormous Room, 567 Mass Ave, Cambridge | March 23 at 9 pm | 21+ | free | 617.491.5550 or

Editor's Note: In a previous version of this post Abdelhak Rahal was misidentified as Abdelaziz Hak. The correction has been made above. Also, because Jenny Jones could not make the tour, the line-up changed and has been reflected above.

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