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Formed in Asheville, North Carolina in 2002, genre-bending experimental rock outfit Ahleuchatistas (pronounced "AH-LOO-CHA-TEES-TAS") utilize elements of jazz, drone, classical, ambient, noise, and garage rock to fuel their alternately spacy and angular, wildly unpredictable instrumentals. Taking their name from an appropriately disparate mash-up of "Ah-leu-cha" (a Charlie Parker song) and Zapatistas (a Mexican revolutionary movement), the band, which consisted of guitarist Shane Perlowin, bassist Derek Poteat, and drummer Sean Dail, released its debut album, On the Culture Industry, in 2003. The Same and the Other arrived in 2004, followed by What You Will (2005) and Even in the Midst (2007). Dail left the group in 2008 and was replaced by Illinois native Ryan Oslance, who appeared on 2009's Of the Body Prone and 2011's Location Location, both of which were released through the influential New York City avant-garde label Tzadik.