Os Mutantes

Feb. 21
7:30 p.m.
Experimental, Folk, Rock, World

In the face of a repressive dictatorship, the mutants arose, mocking the inept clowns in charge and setting the blaze that eventually swept them from power. The place was Brazil, the time was the late ’60s, and the revolutionary spark was Tropicália, the arts movement whose musical wing, anchored by Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and the band Os Mutantes, pioneered a surrealist collage of Brazilian roots music, international pop, psychedelic rock, and avant-garde experimentation. Os Mutantes splintered in the ’70s, but original guitarist and vocalist Sérgio Dias revived the band 30 years later. Their second subsequent album, 2013’s Fool Metal Jack, is their first with predominantly English lyrics, a characteristic mish-mash of styles ranging from the warped lyricism of Gil’s “Eu Descobri” to the Jefferson Airplane-like “Time and Space” to the sludgy antiwar title track.