City Paper is not for tourists
If there can be such a thing as an avant-garde superstar, Damo Suzuki is it. As the erratic frontman for krautrock legend Can, Suzuki helped globalize a musical movement, the influence of which can still be heard in today’s experimental scene. The Japanese-born Suzuki began his career as a busker in Europe; for a few short years in the 1970s, he was an art-rock icon, appearing on key Can albums and astounding concertgoers with his manic stage presence. With a vocal style consisting of semi-improvised lyrics delivered in unspecified languages, Suzuki aimed for (and often achieved) total auditory derangement. Perhaps it was overexposure that drove him to give up music in 1974, when he got married and became a Jehovah’s Witness. He resurfaced a decade later and has subsequently toured the world, drafting local players (whom he calls “sound carriers”) into his still-searing sets. This week, Suzuki recruits several area musicians for another sonic excursion. Suzuki and Kohoutek perform with (The Sounds of) Kaleidoscope, Carlos Giffoni, John Wiese, and Spencer Yeh at 9 p.m. at the Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. $12. (202) 462-3213.