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When: Mon., June 22, 10 p.m. 2015

The solo project of Montreal weirdo and former AIDS Wolf guitarist Alexander Moskos, Drainolith suggests a deep affinity for the trippiness Neil Hagerty generated on the Royal Trux classic Twin Infinitives and the unsettling electronic textures of Nate Young’s Regression project. As it happens, both Hagerty and Young are in a band alongside Moskos (Dan’l Boone), and both contributed to and helped with the production of Drainolith’s new Hysteria (NNA Tapes), an album on which queasy, grimy sound pushes toward rock music. The heavily processed guitar licks sound hijacked from classic rock rather than a Throbbing Gristle track, but they lie over draggy, druggy lines in a way that destroys familiarity. Moskos speak-sings with sinister boredom, like he’s nodding off from a strong fix, while guitars churn amid palsied synthesizer patterns. People love to suggest that certain music would make a good soundtrack for drug use, but what Moskos makes literally sounds like a bad trip. —Peter Margasak

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