Led by drummer Damon Che, the mostly instrumental Pittsburgh band Don Caballero got its start in 1991 playing an especially knotty, roiling, metallic brand of mathy post-rock that sometimes sounded like Slint on crystal meth and steroids. For all the anarchic, experimental turbulence in their tunes, there was definitely method to the madness; Che was and is a first-class, sophisticated arranger and player with a clear vision for the group. That may be why hes been branded difficult, or why Don Cab has endured long hiatuses and wholesale lineup changes in its history (Ches the only remaining original member). Last falls Punkgasm is still complex and dynamic, but overall its probably the most straightforward and accessible album Don Cabs offered to date.
Tue., Feb. 17, 8 p.m., 2009