Arguably indie-rock's number one oddball, Yoni Wolf's been cranking out unclassifiable, genre-hopping tunes under the Why? moniker for more than a decade. Inappropriately lumped in with the backpack-rap crowd due to his association with the Anticon label, Wolf's not likely to be mistaken for your everyday MC anytime soon. His vocal delivery darts among rambling spoken-word pieces, the occasional rapid rhyme, and skewed tenor singing. A pair of albums recorded in Minneapolis with members of the Twin Cities own Fog, 2008's Alopecia and 2009's Eskimo Snow, were an artistic breakthrough. At last Wolf's warped lyricism found equally riveting musical backing courtesy of everything-but-the-kitchen-sink instrumentation pairing quirky percussive tricks with hooky guitar figures. A proper follow-up, Mumps, Etc., will drop in October. In the meantime the band has hit up fans with the Sod in the Seed EP, arguably its poppiest effort yet. New tracks like "For Someone" are lazy-eyed sunny-keyboard summer jams that show Wolf and his bandmates playing it straight musically even as he continues to cloak romantic longing in quirky wordplay ("I'm waiting on the beach like a slow sucking leach for someone/Is it you?"). With Doseone, Serengeti, and Jel (DJ set). All ages, $15, 7 p.m. 416 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, 612.338.2674.
Sat., Sept. 8, 7 p.m., 2012