Keiji Haino

A Japanese psychedelic rocker makes his debut performance in Texas

Keiji Haino had a life-changing experience after hearing The Doors’ “When the Music’s Over.” (No, he wasn’t on drugs.) The 11-minute psychedelic ditty inspired the Japanese multi-instrumentalist to dig deep into America’s ‘70s rock sound, and he never looked back. He started, quit and re-formed a number of improvisational rock bands — all inspired by the psych garage sound from the West — on the Japanese scene. The most notable group was Fushitsusha, which featured an ever-changing lineup of synthesizer players, bassists and drummers backing Haino on guitar and vocals. Although he never reached mainstream success, Haino became a cult legend among music fans for his experimental transformations of tunes by icons like Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and The Ronettes. He’ll make history today with his first-ever electric performance in Texas. 7:30 p.m. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston. Haino will also give a free acoustic performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at The Menil Collection’s Richmond Hall, 1500 Richmond. For information on both performances, call 713-928-5653 or visit www.namelesssound.org. $10 to $13.
Sun., June 22, 7:30 p.m., 2008

 
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