Polica, Marijuana Deathsquads, Total Fucking Blood Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., Feb. 29, 9 p.m. 2012

With collaboration so rampant that hyped new collectives seem to spring up every other month, the scene in Minneapolis isn't easy to pin down—and I think the folks there like it that way. Included in this close-knit mess is Marijuana Deathsquads, a noisy bunch of beat-making scene veterans whose core members—among them eccentric mastermind Ryan Olson, also of Gayngs—got the group started when their hardcore band, Building Better Bombs, went on hiatus. The ever mutating lineup also includes (or has included, depending on when you read this) drummers Freddy Votel and Ben Ivascu, rappers Stef "P.O.S." Alexander and Mike Mictlan (both of Doomtree), vocalist and sample man Isaac Gale, and Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillman), who contributed his innumerable talents to residencies in LA and New York last year. The recent four-song Crazy Master (Totally Gross National Product) is an addictive trip of pulsing, thumping programmed beats, frenetic dual drumming, and harsh, distorted vocals. Much of the record was at least partly improvised, and song structures tend to crumble before a rhythm or vocal line gets too established. It's hard to tell how often it's deliberate when the music comes off the rails, but the killer opening title track makes this approach sound so sane and calculated that I have to assume the chaos is plotted out. Marijuana Deathsquads can certainly test your patience—hanging out with your friends and fiddling around with samplers for hours on end must be a blast—but if you can push through the nine low-key minutes that begin "Sisters of Silence," you may as well hang on for the last 11 minutes, when things get all weird spectacular. —Kevin Warwick Polica headlines; Marijuana Deathsquads and Total Fucking Blood open.

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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