Without the corrective voice of his Keeper, the Bad Plus's Ethan Iverson would be guided only by the evil inside himself
Michael Dvorak
Without the corrective voice of his Keeper, the Bad Plus's Ethan Iverson would be guided only by the evil inside himself

Melt Banana
7th St. Entry
Last time this insane Japanese art-punk trio (plus drummer) were in town, they showcased a collection of blisteringly chaotic 10-second songs. Fittingly, Bambi's Dilemma, the band's first album in nearly four years, is as fast and frantic as anything they've ever released. After eight full-length albums and a couple dozen 7-inch and EP splits, the band's songs have gotten shorter, faster, and tighter. Agata's space noise slide-guitar-triggered electronic textures are now almost overwhelmed with sheer impassioned velocity. Live, the band's thrashing D-beat rhythms are as propulsive as gasoline. Agata flings his body about (often donning a duct-taped surgical mask), and singer Yasuko O chirps and squeaks like a speed-addled Minnie Mouse tied to the train tracks. It's noisy, chaotic, beautiful, and terrifying; intense enough to draw the hardcore, crust, or black metal crowd, yet weird and brilliantly catawampus enough to hang at the Guggenheim. With Birthday Suits and the Boggs. $10. 8:00 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Christopher Matthew Jensen

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