This Austin group is far from catholic in its approach to indie rock. Though pegged as "experimentalists," the Octopus Project are more than capable of delivering the pop goods. And despite the members' tendency toward vintage electronic equipment like theremins, the group's passion for tweaking the capabilities of modern recording gear should not be overlooked. Essentially, then, the Octopus Project is that most millennial of outfits—a wide-ranging (and often ironic) knowledge of historic esoterica and unorthodox weirdness combined with a contrasting thread of semi-futurism and pop formalism. The result? A deceptively complex sound that appeals to straightforward indie purists and lovers of avant-pop, never too weird for the former nor too simplistic for the latter.
Mon., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., 2007