White Denim / Hundred Visions

The writhing knot of delights White Denim pack into every tune can drive you crazy if you're foolish enough to try to unravel it. Expect that you'll be lunging at boogie, gawking at gnarly prog-rock tendrils whipping between guitarists Austin Jenkins and James Petralli, tripping over funk, weathering a punk blast from the garage, witnessing a country lope melt into psychedelic chamber pop, dodging a flute line escaped from Jethro Tull, feeling the blues flex its muscles, and catching an exhilarating whiff of jazz improv. There's all that on the Austin, Texas, quartet's latest, D, which is far below the letter grade it deserves. At a taut 37 minutes, D still covers an incredible amount of ground, mostly in a shape-shifting rush of rhythms, textures, melodies that WD unveil with an organic, questing joy most akin to the experimental ramble of the Grateful Dead at their most purposeful and resourceful. Best to sit back and let it all flow. Hundred Visions, another Austin quartet, will open with buzzing guitars, a hint of psychedelia, and a shimmery punk-funk edge.
Sat., April 21, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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