It's kind of a shame for Black Moth Super Rainbow that "acid" was a genre of music before they came along. Their vocoder-and-synth approach feels anchored in signifiers, conjuring up the psychedelic leftovers of the '70s, where warm colors and spacy analog sounds left the counterculture for Main Street, USA. Of course, BMSR offer a modern twist: Choppy drums and hazy production techniques earmark the band as suitable for hipster consumption. Still, buzz band or not, the almost-ominous vibe they wring out of such blissful reference material is a master lesson in constructing a singular atmosphere—they've captured the exact moment between high and low when you realize the drugs have bled you dry.
Sat., Sept. 10, 9 p.m., 2011