The Books

Performing Arts

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The Books


This popular series introduces young indie scene music innovators in our intimate black box venues and welcomes breakout bands to larger theaters.

Sun, May 8, 2005 8 PM

"An aural kaleidoscope...The Books remain more or less a genre of one."—Pitchfork

The impossible-to-categorize music of the Books has garnered enthusiastic support from fans of experimental indie sounds.

From the quiet postindustrial hamlet of North Adams, Massachusetts, the band has made its mark with The Lemon of Pink and Thought for Food. The CDs feature glitchy sampledelic rhythms undercut by bluegrass or country that devolve into ambient evocations of inner worlds previously unimagined. This rare tour follows the Books' next CD release and a special side project remixed by Prefuse 73. Onstage the band's audio sample archive is augmented by projected videos, smoke ring machines, a filing cabinet used as a rhythm section, plus cello, guitar, mandolin, a clavinet, and whatever else sounds right.

Please note: this is a SRO show.

support credits

Music season presented by National City.

Major support for the performing arts season provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Additional season support provided by the Ohio Arts Council and the Corporate Annual Fund of the Wexner Center Foundation.

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection closes Dec 31. Don't miss the exhibition artnet named among the world's 25 "must-see shows."

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

Learn more about the artists represented in Transfigurations at our dedicated website. (Educators will also find curriculum resources to support their K–12 classrooms.)