by Rick Reger

The Nihilist Spasm Band, Saturday at the Empty Bottle: Though the name might lead one to believe this is a collection of anarchist punks, the NSB is actually a sextet of congenial, fiftyish Canadian librarians, physicians, schoolteachers and artists. Yet there's certainly something subversive to their music. For more than 30 years, this renowned ensemble has been improvising brash sonic sculptures on homemade instruments that include modified guitars, eledtric kazoos, theremin and drums. The resultant eruptions canbe abrasive, confrontational, exhilarating, humorous, just about anything but boring. First ever U.S. appearance.