In another era, Ariel Pink's rise from one-man home-tape oddball to underground rock favorite would result in some strange flash of fame — think Todd Rundgren or Beck. Even if you keep in mind that 2010 wasn't 1994 or 1972, Before Today wasn't Mellow Gold or Something/Anything?, and "Round and Round" wasn't "Loser" or "Hello, It's Me," Pink smartly repurposed that successful avant-rock archetype without falling short of its better qualities. Mature Themes further advances Ariel Pink's songwriting approach, which posits that anything can be pop and pop can be pretty damn strange. His ear for both Top-40-scholar catchiness and off-putting idiosyncrasy splits the difference between Goffin & King and Tim & Eric, with transcendent vintage-AM throwbacks like "Only in My Dreams" and goth-punk excursions like "Early Birds of Babylon" sharing space with moments of more willful goofiness. Opening will be fellow L.A. retro-futurist synthesizer maestro Dam-Funk. With Ferraro, Bodyguard. 18+, $15, 8 p.m., 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100.
Sat., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., 2012
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