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Tonight at PJC: HIGH PLACES(Thrill Jockey), SOFT CICLE(Black Dice)


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PJC presents;

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HIGH PLACES(Brooklyn/Thrill Jockey)

http://www.myspace.com/hellohighplaces

http://hellohighplaces.blogspot.com/

with guests:

SOFT CIRCLE(Brooklyn, Former Black Dice drummer)

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http://www.myspace.com/softcircle

JOE VS THE VOLCANO(Hamilton)

http://www.myspace.com/sleeplessinseattleclapcore

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2009

$8 Advance, $10 at the door.

@ the Pepper Jack Cafe

38 King William St.(Between James & Hughson)

http://www.pepperjackcafe.com

High Places is Mary Pearson and Rob Barber. Mary and Rob met while Mary was completing a music degree in bassoon performance at Western Michigan University and Rob was working in visual art, teaching lithography and etching at a New York art school. Both were performing as solo musicians at the time, Mary as Transformation Surprise, and Rob as the Urxed After becoming fast friends, Mary relocated to New York from Michigan in late spring 2006, and the two soon after began collaborating under the name High Places in May of 2006. The name refers to a place where one has a better vantage point and can gain broader perspective; it references a love for mountains, rooftops, and of course metaphorical "high places."

High Places' songs contain a fascinating range of aural layers: bells and bird calls over a wash of ocean waves; mallets hitting mixing bowls over treated guitar and glockenspiel; Mary's reflective vocals over Rob's homemade beats. The result is an imaginative and spacious amalgamation of sounds with a unique, almost Caribbean undertone that is as immediate as it is refreshing.

They played their first show in may of 2006 in North Adams MA, with Japanther, after Rob, who was scheduled to play solo, didn't want to perform alone. They wrote the set in three days. A few weeks later they finished a six song demo CD-R, and left for their first US tour. They began by releasing a number of singles as well as contributing songs to a few compilations. In the Summer of 2008, They duo signed with Chicago label Thrill Jockey Records. The early singles and varied works were collected and released in July of 2008 as 03/07-09/07, and their debut S/T full length followed in September of 2008. High Places tours almost constantly, and have toured with such notable bands; Deerhunter, No Age, Abe Vigoda, Ponytail, Soft Circle, Lucky Dragons and Hawnay Troof.

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