Brooklyn's Gang Gang Dance aren't beholden to any particular style or scene; this foursome brew their own inimitable sonic pilsner. Into the (world) musical crock-pot go Middle Eastern themes, acid techno, cracked synth-pad and guitar-struck runoff, and frontwoman Liz Bougatsos's exotic yelp. New album Saint Dymphna (Social Registry) shrugs off those barely-on-the-leash fractal spasms previous releases like Revival of the Shittest and God's Money led listeners to expect. The under moored, reverb-drenched pulsations of old have been replaced by a slicker, poppier sound one could actually imagine folks who aren't hipsters/Wire readers/free spirits giving a second listen and getting down to. Last year's disappointing RAWWAR EP offered hints that GGD might be going in this direction, but Dymphna does a much better job of forging a connection to the band's earlier material. Plus, they brought in a rapper, and the resulting collabo works. With Marnie Stern. 18+.
Tue., Nov. 4, 8 p.m., 2008