A former comic actress in her native Argentina, Juana Molina has an acute sense of humor evident in her dreamy, experimental music. Although she has long relied on a deep vocabulary of electronic effects, Molina's organic tiers of acoustic instruments, skittering polyrhythms, enigmatic vocal murmurings, and entrancing melodicism transform icy blips and clanks into alluring tropical breezes. On her latest, last fall's Wed 21, Molina abandons none of her charming eccentricities while expanding her sonic arsenal with a deft incursion of electric guitars, bass, and a drum kit, plus a wily extrapolation of pop structures. The result is a radiant, thoroughly intriguing sound that joyfully juggles mischief and mystery. Opening will be Rajjjar Septet, a new local experimental band featuring Jackie Beckey of Brute Heart.
Wed., April 9, 7 p.m., 2014