Linear Downfall w/Cigarette Trees & Mechanical RiverPop/Rock
In the 1960s, the appeal of the psychedelic experience was expansion of consciousness: the opportunity to get beyond the limits of your own perception to experience the world in ways that aren’t possible under normal circumstances. Today, we know hallucinogenic drugs are unpredictable and potentially dangerous, and psychedelic tripping isn’t exactly mainstream, but we still benefit from the drastic changes in musicians’ attitudes toward pop music that arose in that era. Local group Linear Downfall applies the filigreed, pop-turned-inside-out approach of acts like Olivia Tremor Control and The Flaming Lips (whose Wayne Coyne has taken the band under his wing) to dark-edged classic prog and cacophonous post-punk. Kindred spirits Cigarette Trees (the name is either a reference to marijuana plants or the folk song “Big Rock Candy Mountain”) follow a similar path into the neo-absurdist territory frequented by Animal Collective, finding uses for sounds so distorted and distracting that they might be considered unusable in other contexts. Of the three on tonight’s bill, Mechanical River deals in the most straightforward pop, with a bit of country twang and psychedelic warble. If your beer starts reciting the Magna Carta to you, just go with it.
Thu, Dec 20 | 9:00 PM
18 and over