When: Fri., May 18, 10 p.m. 2012
Toronto's Yamantaka//Sonic Titan calls its style "Noh-wave," a term they use to mean a fusion between classical Japanese theater, or Noh, and an amalgamation of musical genres that includes psychedelia, metal, prog, punk, and noise. The seven-piece's core duo, Alaska B and Ruby Kato Attwood, launched Yamantaka//Sonic Titan in spring 2008 with a mini opera of the same name, and their 2011 self-titled debut gracefully transitions from, say, spaced-out ambient folk on one track to hazy, riff-heavy psych on the next. The disparate sounds hang together thanks to the album's narrative arc—it's always clear that the music is part of a larger, theatrical whole. A quick peek at videos of the band's stage show—caked in makeup that references traditional Noh costumes, they perform in front of intricately designed, cartoonish set pieces—confirms that Yamantaka//Sonic Titan is probably best experienced live. —Leor Galil Eight Bit Tiger and Supreme Cuts open.
Price: $10, $8 in advance