Nomo

As far as American Afrobeat revival bands go, the best one you'll find West of Brooklyn is Ann Arbor's brass-packed, infectiously funky nine-piece group Nomo. Since their self-titled 2004 debut established their post-Fela credentials and put them on a trajectory to join Antibalas in the genre's vanguard, they've stepped up their album-every-other-year pace and followed 2006's New Tones and 2008's Ghost Rock with the upcoming Invisible Cities (Ubiquity). While it's not a gigantic stretch from the sound on their previous albums, it's every bit as vibrant and adept as the records that started winning them fans a few years ago: Hot horns blast triumphantly one moment and soothingly the next, while the wide array of percussion instruments stomps and rumbles and rings out with deeply layered rhythmic elasticity. Nomo's live shows often turn into audience-embracing parades through crowded dance floors, joyous marches that recruit people to move their bodies; expect the songs that run five minutes on their records to unfurl into something even more elaborate and propulsive. With Military Special. 18+.
Fri., May 1, 7:30 p.m., 2009
 
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