Tobacco

Sheathed in a crackling vocoder, Tobacco is the musical persona of Black Moth Super Rainbow leader Tom Fec. As if that electro-psych troupe wasn’t trippy enough, Tobacco adds the snap of underground rap to his solo work. 2008’s Fucked Up Friends featured Aesop Rock as a guest, while his second release, May’s Maniac Meat, has Beck rapping – yes, rapping – on two tracks. Otherwise, Maniac Meat represents an evolution of the subtlest kind, with Tobacco’s fondness for mossy synths, bleary effects, and evocative song titles very much intact. There’s even a pop pulse to the opening “Constellation Dirtbike Head,” despite a creepy refrain of “Don’t eat the berries around you.” The songs are weird and brief, like flickers of communication from another galaxy. DOUG WALLEN

Tue., March 30, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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