When: Thu., Sept. 8, 9 p.m. 2011
As they've climbed the indie-popularity ladder the past few years, Pittsburgh-based foursome Black Moth Super Rainbow have garnered a number of apt comparisons to Beck, who guested on the recent solo album by group ringleader Tom "Tobacco" Fec. BMSR share Mr. Hansen's interest in raiding 60s and 70s psychedelia for its trippiest sonic elements (analog synthesizers, vocoders, arcane arrangements of effects units) and using them to build elaborate pop songs with a hint of hip-hop style—both in their nods to sampler culture and in their frequent use of boom-bap beats to hold the many parts together. But while Beck's recordings seem custom-built to mesh with high-end, dispensary-grade California weed, BMSR's make me wonder if they have an amateur chemist friend who uses Internet recipes to concoct the kind of psychotropic drugs whose names are just strings of numbers and letters—Fec and company aren't afraid to get seriously weird or push their music so far out it borders on the alien. —Miles Raymer Dosh and Marshmallow Ghosts open.