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Cornelius F. Van Saftrin III/Ghost to Falco

The imaginative mind of Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III would certainly make for an interesting place to visit. It's likely littered with as many eccentricities and curiosities as the experimental noise "songs" that the oddly named artist creates. Made with objects and instruments as disparate as scrap metal and violins, his wacked discography of unique sonic surrealism runs the gamut from dirge-like drones and warbling tones to quirky soundscapes that resemble a madcap mix of static and screaming. It's a compelling one-two punch when paired with Portland's Ghost to Falco (Van Stafrin's labelmates on NYC's Oms-b Records and current touring companions). GTF also feature a penchant for quirky instrumentalism and an idiosyncratic sound palette, but in the service of meandering indie rock rather than a cacophony of noise. Let it never be said that the cats down at the Trunk Space don't book unique acts.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.