The Alpha Centauri have looked far and wide, searching for just the right tones to craft their iconic clinks and whooshes. Singer Lance Conrad uses his warbly, soulful croon to beckon Matthew Bellamy of Muse. But just before he can be tagged and labeled, a background of electronic flourishes makes his melancholia sound like it's escaping a bluesman visiting from the future. Leaping across the spectrum, Conrad approaches his guitar solos with the mind of a mathematician, nodding to Trans Am's linear repetitiveness. But the hidden genius of the group is Evan Beaumont, whose samples and synths hold all the pieces together. Beaumont funnels his sounds into the arena of '90s psych-poppers Mercury Rev, creating atmospherics that flow from spacious to sparse, wormholing from one end to the next with hyperkinetic crescendos. Though their inspirations seem as endless as they are varied, the quartet have sewn the best of their influences into something wholly new. When the sweat hits the floor, the band members are deft, teeming with talent, and infinitely weird. Opening for Dearling Physique, with Xavier Marquis and No Bird Sing. 18+.
Fri., April 16, 8 p.m., 2010