New Orleans native Quintron and his partner in crime Miss Pussycat will return to Memphis this Thursday night for a performance at the Hi-Tone. Quintron's latest album, Spell Caster II (Death in Space), makes use of the Weather Warlock, a 7-foot tall instrument he created that uses sunlight, rainfall, wind speed, and temperature to produce a constant chordal drone. The instrument can only be used at sunrise and sunset, and Quintron will be playing the Weather Warlock at the Brooks Museum on Wednesday, June 10th, at 7 p.m. Locals True Sons of Thunder will also perform, marking one of their only local shows of the year.
I've written about Quintron in this space before, but the artist who's been celebrated by the New Orleans Museum of Art and the HBO show Treme keeps on adding noteworthy chapters to his story. Quintron recently opened up to The Guardian about dealing with a life-threatening disease, saying that the diagnosis of stage-four lymphoma he received in 2013 led to the creation of the Weather Warlock. Since then, he's taken the Warlock to both sides of the United States, playing the instrument with musicians ranging from Don Bolles to Steve Shelley.
Thursday night marks the end of an extensive West Coast tour for Nots and Quintron, a trip that took them all the way up the California coast before traveling back to Memphis. Nots are preparing to release a new single on Goner Records, and the A-side, "Virgin Mary," premiered on Pitchfork last month. The record was pressed at Memphis Record Pressing and recorded in Memphis, making Nots one of the first local bands to execute the "practice space to pressing plant" mentality. Opening the show is a new band called Universal Lingo, a dark-wave project of Cities Aviv collaborator Quinton-JeVon Lee.