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When: Fri., Jan. 2, 10 p.m. 2015

This local band is an underappreciated treasure, but maybe it likes it that way. Originally the studio project of engineer Stan Wood and guitarist Jamie Drier (Planes Mistaken for Stars, Swan King), the group has expanded over the years to include a much larger cast and a fairly active calendar of live performances. Yet the members like to keep things small and personal, dropping their releases on the tiny, formerly Chicago-based Captcha label—and every album is a beautiful thing, with colored vinyl, handmade artwork, and individual touches. Onyou’s multifaceted music both builds on a solid foundation of eerie, trance-inducing Krautrock and plays freely with ambient, industrial, and metal flourishes. Tonight is a release party for Ultimum Photon, which might be the group’s best yet. This one draws heavily on the “rock” side of progressive rock and features shimmering, silvery layers of shrieking guitars that rise and fall alongside a double-drumming percussion build that calls to mind the best of Psychic TV’s performances, or a more refined and complex Crash Worship. The delirious continuity of “Finding the Wronskian” into “The Wronskian” should alone be enough to induce levitation in some sensitive souls during an Onyou live performance. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $8

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