Mind Spiders may have started as a post-Marked Men solo gig, but quickly grew into a Denton, Texas, all-star group at their live shows. Following the release of their sophomore record, Meltdown, Mark Ryan and crew are hitting the road, rounding out the lineup with members of such Dirtnap faves as Bad Sports, High Tension Wires, and Uptown Bums. Their new release abandons all pretense of the solo gig, with the full band including two drummers to give a complex yet somewhat loose distinction. Mind Spiders, though, are no garage-pop clones. Spacey sci-fi, psychedelic guitars, and hints of shoegaze all subtly find their way into the fun, energetic rock that has a penchant for self-referential almost-theme songs. As serious as the artists involved may be, Mind Spiders keep it fun and loose. With Birthday Suits, the Slow Death, and Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band.
Sat., March 31, 9 p.m., 2012