It's unlikely that any song has equalled the measured inanity of the Power Puff Girls television show quite as much as the Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi Vs. the Pink Robots Part I" (with the exception, perhaps, of that show's theme song). "Vs. Part I" transports the listener to a world where "evil-natured robots programmed to destroy us" are defeated at the hands of Yoshimi, a woman who's "gotta be strong to fight them, so she's taking lots of vitamins." It's fair to say the band doesn't have the strongest grip on realism. But rather than lapsing into Warholian incomprehensibility, the Lips craft nonsense poems in the tradition of Lewis Carroll—despite the silliness with which they're presented, vivid images leap to (and stick in one's) mind. Live, they are a tripped-out phenomenon, with bizarre props, confusing light configurations, and occasional crowd surfing in a giant plastic bubble. All Ages. $35. 6:30 p.m. 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood; 651.779.6984 —Ward Rubrecht

TUESDAY 9.11

Animal Collective
First Avenue

When last spotted in the wild, the Animal Collective were back to being a trio. And rather then play songs from their forthcoming album, Strawberry Jam, they instead treated audiences to a new batch of songs. There were no guitars in sight, as the band instead delved deep into their love of dub, techno, and buddies Black Dice, with a bass-heavy and heavily-manipulated set that was truly mesmeric. A pity that the new album didn't sound more like this, but as with any good wild creature, they remain a few steps ahead of their audience. $13. 6:00 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Andy Beta

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