Rock For Pussy, Animal Collective, and more

WEDNESDAY 5.20

Animal Collective

First Avenue

The obsessive sonic experimentation of Animal Collective has evolved over successive albums to the point that their ninth, Merriweather Post Pavilion, is not only an accomplished pastiche of the group's incantatory, electronic rhythm and drone psychedelia, but also their most accessible. Pop and melodic conceits are everywhere, suggesting links to the likes of Brian Wilson's Beach Boys and Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd, even while AC's Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), and Geologist (Brain Weitz)—without Deakin (Josh Dibb) on this record—continue pushing sound frontiers. On "Daily Routine," for instance, keyboard skirmishes and throbbing rhythms pepper a languid pulse while vocals seem to pop out of random holes in the sound fabric. Simmering, spacey electronics and wistful vocals suddenly erupt into a thunderous rhythm assault on "In the Flowers." The sing-along chorus on "Summertime Clothes" is accompanied by corkscrewing electronic fireworks. And the soca-like rhythms and frenetic sound effects of "Brother Sport" suggest a carnival cavalcade that's just getting underway. Eschewing the oppressiveness of some electronica, AC are all about unveiling the giddy joys of the sound universe. With Grouper. All ages. $15/$17 at the door. 6 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Rick Mason

THURSDAY 5.21

Wolf Eyes and Black Dice

Triple Rock Social Club

File tonight's noisenik bill under "life-affirming anti-entertainment"—or maybe just "autistic-aggro bliss"—as a pair of crud-tone titans who've collaborated before team up for a skull-crack of a joint tour. Black Dice are a trio from Brooklyn, New York, with designs on your equilibrium: They'd like to wine it, dose it, electroshock it, then whiplash it into an irreversible psychosis. Hailing from Michigan, Wolf Eyes are more interested in making you relive the most uncomfortable, pre-murderdeathkill scenes from every nightmare-causing horror flick you've ever watched by stringing together scraps of rusty post-industrial dread. The Dice just dropped Repo, their most accessible slab yet; Wolf Eyes are gearing up for the summer release of Pretending Alive, a follow-up to 2006's stellar Human Animal. (Wolf Eyes are so ungodly prolific that I've gotta stress that we're talking about studio albums here, as opposed to small-run/vinyl edits of live recordings.) What will this show sound like? The end of the world, more or less. Which is why you'll be there, with bells on. With Adidas. 18+. $15. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. Ray Cummings

FRIDAY 5.22

Rock for Pussy

First Avenue

Now in its sixth year, the annual David Bowie tribute concert Rock for Pussy is boasting one of its biggest and most talented batch of guest singers yet. Organized by 89.3 the Current DJ and Bowie addict Mary Lucia and featuring a talented house backing band (including John Eller, Chris Perricelli of Little Man, Dave Russ, Noah Levy), the benefit this year stars singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith, writer Jim Walsh, Venus and All the Pretty Horses, Ciaran Daly of the Idle Hands, the Current's Local Show host David Campbell, former Jayhawk Marc Perlman, and Petal Pusher autobiographer Laurie Lindeen. Recent expat Lori Barbero will even return to town to sing a song or two at the event, which is a fundraiser for the Minnesota Valley Humane Society cat shelter. In the words of Mary Lucia, Rock for Pussy promotes "boys in makeup, David Bowie, and cats." What more could anyone ask for? 18+. $6/$8 at the door. 8 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. Andrea Swensson

Black Moth Super Rainbow

Triple Rock Social Club

Listening to Black Moth Super Rainbow is like plummeting into a Salvador Dali painting. You may not know why that clock is melting, but you accept it, and soon enough you are riding around on flying tigers and having a gay old time. Black Moth Super Rainbow fertilize their alien terrain with swirling layers of synth and the most up-to-date electronic sound makers, creating an elegant if artificial landscape. Yet the group manage to drench their glitches in a friendly jacket of warmth well-known to our sunny planet. The gooey lyrics of the strangely monikered singer, Tobacco, sound like any snippet from a hippie campfire jam, only he masks them in the isolating oscillations of robotic vocoders. The result is an emotionally upbeat, chilled-out love fest, best to soothe the nerves before interstellar takeoff. With School of Seven Bells. 18+. $11/$13 at the door. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333. 7399. Erin Roof

SATURDAY 5.23

Magic Castles

Hexagon Bar

The name Magic Castles conjures up mythological tales of wizardry and adventure. As such, when imagining what a band by that name might sound like, it wouldn't be out of line to predict a booming prog-rock amalgamation of extended keyboard solos intricately woven between booming guitars and lyrical blasts delicately recalling the stories of knights and their heroic battles against nature's most furious creatures. Nothing could be further from the truth, however, as the Minneapolis-based group project gently distorted vocal harmonies over a soothing psychedelic cloud. Magic Castles' new album, Dreams of Dreams of Dreams, was recorded on two-inch tape rather than a digital master, the recording process further adding to the layered density of the band's sound. Joining them at this CD-release show will be Vampire Hands, Daughters of the Sun, and Denver, Colorado's Woodsmen. 21+. Free. 9 p.m. 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.722.3454. Chris DeLine

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