Zammuto/Eluvium

Formerly half of the experimental collage-pop duo the Books, Nick Zammuto leads a new quartet that goes by his surname and takes the fundamental elements of the Books to a new dimension. Many of the tracks on last spring's eponymous debut are more songlike than the Books' material, built around vocals — albeit often electronically altered — and less fragmented. Although thoroughly eccentric, unlikely pop hooks lurk in the whimsy, angling through a surprisingly organic array of samples, electronics, and regular instrumentation, densely layered like "Weird Ceiling," pointillistic like "YAY," or at large in a funky robotic funhouse like "Zebra Butt." Eluvium is Matthew Cooper, whose ambient electronic compositions can morph from symphonic to static, conjuring evocative atmospheres that shift on textural and melodic cues somehow tied to pop. $20, 8 p.m. 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.375.7600.
Sat., Nov. 10, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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