If more musicians studied ethnomusicology, a guy like Julian Lynch wouldn't be so rare. Currently working on his Ph.D. in anthropology at UW-Madison, Lynch is wildly open about the instrumentation, time signature, and feel of his avant-pop songs, but never loses a focused approach. His outcomes shift into jazz, acoustic psychedelia, synthesizer-based trippines, and brassy world music. In all cases, familiarity creeps below the surface of songs awash in the cleverness and harmonies one used to hear in Animal Collective's early records, and perhaps a few by Crosby, Stills & Nash. Not yet sold? Just look at how his albums score on Pitchfork, you snobs. So far, this is his only announced show to promote his latest Underwater Peoples-based full-length, titled Lines. With Web of Sunsets and DJ Soft Abuse.
Sat., Feb. 23, 11 p.m., 2013