Amid the cultural and political turbulence of 1960s Brazil, Os Mutantes joined the likes of Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil in the role of surrealistic pranksters, taunting the military dictators while fashioning a cannibalistic approach to art and music that still resonates decades later. The Tropicália movement gobbled up psychedelic, pop, and rock influences from around the globe, fused them with samba and other Brazilian roots, and tossed in Marxist absurdities, ambient noise, and provocative lyrics. Many Tropicálistas were forced into exile until the dictatorship fell, and Os Mutantes broke up in the '70s, only to eventually see artists like David Byrne, Beck, and a slew of others adopt their cut-and-paste philosophy. Original Mutante Sérgio Dias resurrected the band in the mid '00s and put out an album, Haih . . . ou Amortecedor, that pretty much picked up where it left off on rock's eccentric fringes three decades before. The brotherly duo Writer opens.
Fri., Nov. 30, 7 p.m., 2012
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