When: Mon., Sept. 26, 7 p.m. and Tue., Sept. 27, 7 p.m. 2011
9/26 is canceled. If you can shrug off the regrettable name—the band briefly attempted G-rating it, changing it to Pyramid, then to the inexplicable Pyramiddd, and now they sometimes spell it "STRFKR"—and a playful trippiness that makes them sound increasingly like Wayne Coyne's stepchildren, you're in a good spot to enjoy Starfucker's knack for catchy, dancy-as-hell electro-pop songs, complete with the requisite shades of neon and the occasional acoustic guitar. On their sophomore album, Reptilians (Polyvinyl), this Portland outfit—the former solo project of front man Joshua Hodges—constructs monstrous towers of synth, some maybe more appropriate for 80s night and others maybe for your favorite old Nintendo game. Hodges is the star of the show, but he knows when to step aside—his hazy, mood-lit vocals melt into the psych-tinted synth hooks on standouts like "Julius" and "Bury Us Alive," letting the disco-ball beats drive the jam. The album tapers off at the end and gets a little yawny (I can only picture dudes awkwardly dancing at keyboards for so long), but Starfucker don't lack ambition—even though their name seems designed to keep them from getting famous. —Kevin Warwick Beat Connection and Alexico open.