Live Tonight: Oneohtrix Point Never, Bela Fleck, Pure Bathing Culture

Layering ambient tones with sporadic and oft-times maddening noise samples, Oneohtrix Point Never embodies the popular perception of “experimental music.” But it’s an immersive experience you can’t understand unless you let go of those perceptions and step into the group’s ethereal, ponderous world. With The Sight Below, Dawn of Midi, Nordic Soul. Crocodile. $15. 8 p.m. 21 and over. DH

What Earl Scruggs did with his three-finger picking style back in the ’50s and ’60s, Bela Fleck did for the banjo in the ’80s, and continues to do today. His classically inspired compositions reinvented the instrument’s sound and image while earning him 14 Grammy awards. Tonight with the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, he’ll perform “Night Flight on Water,” the second premiere from his latest release, The Imposter. Meany Hall. 7:30 p.m. $48–$53. GE

Pure Bathing Culture spans the gamut of creepiness, dreaminess, and lushness. The Portland act’s last release was inspired by a wide array of unconventional thoughts: tarot, astrology, and the universe at large. These themes continue in the songs from the band’s newest release, Moon Tides—even if it’s a little less abstract. With La Luz. Neumos. 8 p.m. $25 adv. 21 and over. KP

 
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