Gay Beast, the trio with the least Google-friendly name in the Twin Cities, are about to spread their subtly melodic art rock across the pond for the second time in as many years. At a show that's part pre-tour warm-up, part release celebration, the band will celebrate their third full-length, To Smithereens, with the home crowd first. In addition to guitar and drums, the band members use keyboards, electronics, saxophone, and piano to create driving, exploratory songs that challenge the rhythmic pop structure without losing sight of melody. With To Smithereens, the band continue their distinct balance between mathematic time changes and traditional patterned rock. With Tips for Twat, Condominium, and Camden. 18+.
Fri., Jan. 21, 9 p.m., 2011