When: Wed., Oct. 19, 9 p.m. 2011
If you didn't think Japanese all-genre heavy-psych powerhouse Boris had done enough confusing shit already, their 2011 release schedule ought to fix that. Earlier this year the band dropped two albums simultaneously: the eerie, poppy shoegaze/postpunk Attention Please (where guitarist Wata sings all the lead vocals for the first time, showing off her inner Debbie Harry and Hope Sandoval) and the self-explanatory Heavy Rocks, which has the same title and cover art as a 2002 Boris record, except that this one is done in shades of purple instead of orange. Both releases include a song called "Aileron," but the two versions bear only the teeniest resemblance to each other. Forthcoming in the States in November is New Album (like the other two, released on Sargent House here), which revisits and completely rewrites some of the material from the other two albums—and manages not to give off so much as a whiff of George Lucas Syndrome. Lots of bands claim that they don't want to be pigeonholed, but very few walk the walk like Boris—from darkwave disco to space-time-altering jams with Keiji Haino or Sunn 0)))—and still sound like they're doing it all according to a master plan that will actually make sense someday. On this tour the band is joined by regular collaborator and sometime Ghost guitarist Michio Kurihara. —Monica Kendrick Tera Melos and Coliseum open. 9 PM, Metro, $18, $16 in advance.