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BOXstock - Weekend of free music and noise - July 16 & 17, 2016 at The Box LA

on Sun, 07/10/2016 - 20:54

Enjoy a weekend of free music at The Box LA on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. Featured line ups:


  • Artificial Art Ensemble
  • Telecaves
  • Gabie Strong
  • Jorge Martin & Greg Lenczycki
  • Rick Potts & Joe Potts
  • Fat & Fucked Up
  • Extended Organ


  • The Tenses
  • Metal Rouge
  • Mem1
  • Waxy
  • Dinosaurs With Horns
  • Smegma

And yes, it's FREE, i.e. NO COST!

Curated by Joe Potts, LAFMS. Poster design by Tom Recchion


Joe Pott, Rick Potts & Vetza shows this June in the UK

on Mon, 05/16/2016 - 14:50

14 June 2016 in LONDON: 

LAFMS documentary - ‘how low can you go?’ (short film)
Tuesday 14 June
Servant Jazz Quarters, 10A Bradbury Street, Dalston, London N16 8JN
7.30pm | £6 |

16 June 2016 in BRIGHTON:

LAFMS documentary - ‘how low can you go?’ (short film)
Thursday 16 June
6pm start | £5 |



Free Tom Recchion piano performance @ Blum & Poe Thurs May 5, 2016

on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:38

Blum and Poe and Three Day Weekend are pleased to present Two Pianos, an evening of piano-based compositions.

On Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at Blum & Poe Los Angeles, Jim Brown will perform Raphael Montañez Ortiz' "Piano Destruction Concert", followed by Tom Recchion performing his own "Drishti Point."

Originally presented in 1966 at the Destruction in Art Symposium in London, "Piano Destruction Concert" is a musical piece in which the artist dismantles a piano using an axe. This is the first time that Ortiz has permitted another artist to perform the piece.

In "Drishti Point" Tom Recchion manipulates the strings of a concert grand piano from inside the instrument, creating a sound without using the keys. A rich drone results, seemingly altering time and space for the audience.


Jim Brown is a Los Angeles based artist/musician who performs and records music internationally. 

Raphael Montañez Ortiz is an American artist, educator, and founder of El Museo del Barrio in Brooklyn, NY.

Tom Recchion has been an artist/composer/art director in Southern California since the 1970s. He is the co-creator of the legendary Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS). His early practice in low-tech sonic exploration presaged many of the genre's exciting developments of the last quarter-century: record manipulation, live tape loops, found and invented instruments, installation and free improvisation.

Three Day Weekend is a roving project space operated by Dave Muller.


Seating is limited, RSVP is essential

Email: before Tuesday, May 3

Parking and entrance at the rear of the building via Alvira Street

Facebook event page:

UNCANNY VALLEY: LAFMS Festival in Gent Belgium June 8-11

on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:53

"UNCANNY VALLEY: The Los Angeles Free Music Society and their legacy"

June 8 – June 11 in Gent Belgium 

The LAFMS is pleased announce UNCANNY VALLEY, a new festival this June in collaboration with Kraak, SMAK and 019, celebrating the open marriage between underground music and the visual arts. For this first edition the focus is on the legacy of the legendary neo-dada art pranksters of The Los Angeles Free Music Society.

The festival will see the only European show by Extended Organ, the project of (in)famous visual artist Paul McCarthy with Joe Potts,Tom Recchion, Fredrik Nilsen, David Toop and Alex Stevens. The only Belgian show of Wolf Eyes, who will also join LAFMS supergroup AIRWAY (with Aaron Moore), Volcano The Bear and many, many more. There will be an expo at 019 focusing on the LAFMS flyers and posters archive, a panel talk at SMAK with all present members moderated by David Toop and screenings of LAFMS video work curated by Floris van Hoof. Check the complete line-up below and book your travel now for this one time only happening of avant-garde weirdness. 


Shows by Extended Organ / Wolf Eyes / Volcano The Bear / Waxy / David Toop & Tom Recchion / AIRWAY (featuring Wolf Eyes, Vetza & Aaron Moore) / Calhau! / Nate Young / Human Heads / Rick Potts & Joe Potts / 696 Blues Band / Manuel Padding / John Olson / Vom Grill + Artforms In Nature (expo at 019) + panel talk moderated by David Toop (at SMAK). Weektickets are 30 euro in presale.

Facebook event page with detailed line-up, ticketing information, and other useful info.

The LAFMS wishes to thank lead organizer Wouter Vanhaelemeesch for all his hard work and dedication to make this event happen!


New short LAFMS documentary film plus performance Tues. 1-26-16

on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 17:13

LAFMS: how low can you go? Documentary Premiere + Performance Happening

LAFMS: how low can you go?

A short film portrait of the Los Angeles Free Music Society in which members of the long running experimental music collective shine light on their fearless exploration of sound.

Film screens promptly at 10pm. 
¡¡¡ Music all night by LAFMS !!!

Live performances by Dinosaurs With Horns + Joe Potts & Vetza (duet debut)

DJ sets by Ace Farren Ford + Nanny Cantaloupe

Film directed by Holly Thompson & Mark "Frosty" McNeill

Tuesday, January 26 at 9 PM - 2 AM in PST
Hyperion Tavern
1941 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, California 90027

Tickets available here

Facebook event page:

Interview: Chip Chapman discusses upcoming art exhibit, ‘May Cause Dizziness’

on Wed, 12/02/2015 - 18:31

In this article, Chip Chapman, LAFMS co-founder, chats about his solo painting show and relates some little known LAFMS history: The Utah Independent.

Stimmung by Chip Chapman

The LAFMS Shoe - a free performance at Hammer Museum Sat., Sept. 26

on Fri, 09/11/2015 - 13:00

Your friendly LAFMS Shoe is putting on a shoe to be remembered! Join your favorite LAFMSers for a 20 minute set amidst a day long, make that a weekend long, concert/exhibition at the Hammer Museum. Details below.

The LAFMS Shoe is expected to perform at 2 PM on Sat. Sept. 26.

Oh and it's FREE!

Can't make? It will be streamed live. See the Hammer website for streaming details.


ALL THE INSTRUMENTS AGREE: an exhibition or a concert is a two-day program of back-to-back live performances by over 25 local, national, and international sound artists, music collectives, art bands, and visual artists whose practices extend to the production of sound. Conceived as an exhibition in the form of a concert, the continuous program of performances will alternate between two outdoor stages in the Hammer courtyard from noon to 10 p.m. each day. Spanning a range of influences, genres, and styles, participating artists include industrial music pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge; Cairo-based artist Hassan Khan, whose live-mixed multi-track work Taraban will be performed for the first time in the U.S.; and GLITTERBUST, a new project by Kim Gordon and Alex Knost. ALL THE INSTRUMENTS AGREE brings together a variety of disparate approaches to underscore the unruliness, temporality, and communal nature of musical and sonic performance as an art form that is inherently at odds with the conventions of exhibition and display while remaining essential to the production and social sphere of contemporary art. 

ALL THE INSTRUMENTS AGREE is organized by Aram Moshayedi, curator, with January Parkos Arnall, curatorial assistant, Public Engagement. 

This event will be streamed live online.


Steve Thomsen - Skeleton Works now available in LAFMS store

on Sun, 07/19/2015 - 14:00

Now available are all five volumes of Skeleton Works, by Steve Thomsen (Monitor, Solid Eye), featuring Steve's recent color photocopy artwork adorning the covers. The music was composed over years and released in tiny editions on cassettes and then on small run CDrs distributed by Anomalous. Now extremeley hard to get, those originals are collectors items. Takuya Sakaguchi oversaw the reissue of these recordings along with Steve for his label Neu Rec (Osaka, Japan) and present for the first time all of Steve's works, remastered, and in lovely packaging.

John Duncan online store now open

on Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:43

John Duncan has opened an online store featuring artifacts from his performance past as well as current artwork and other ephemera. Please visit

Smegma returns to LA Thursday May 7, 2015

on Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:11

Portland-based Smegma makes a rare LA appearance Thursday, May 7 at Human Resources LA. The packed line up includes MSHR, GX Jupitter-Larsen/Suzy Poling, Damion Romero, and HOWARDamb. See Human Resources or Facebook for more information.

Poster by Birch Cooper.