Tonight: Ramona Falls @ the Croc, Maps & Atlases @ Neumos, Fuck Buttons @ Chop Suey

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Ramona Falls. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $10. With a long-awaited new Menomena album finally in the works, it's likely that Brent Knopf--one

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Tonight: Ramona Falls @ the Croc, Maps & Atlases @ Neumos, Fuck Buttons @ Chop Suey

  • Tonight: Ramona Falls @ the Croc, Maps & Atlases @ Neumos, Fuck Buttons @ Chop Suey

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    Ramona Falls. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $10. With a long-awaited new Menomena album finally in the works, it's likely that Brent Knopf--one of Menomena's three multi-instrumentalists--will have less time for his stellar solo project, Ramona Falls. That's too bad, because 2009's Intuit, Ramona Falls' debut album, is an inventive and emotionally charged exploration of sadness and loneliness. When Knopf performs live, he'll reinvent songs like "I Say Fever" with a full band, instead of the electronic beats he uses to record his songs. Reinvention is sort of Knopf's trademark: he recently teamed up with Chicago-based duo The Hood Internet and Lil Wayne--yes, Weezy himself--to remix "Russia," Intuit's single. Let's hope Ramona Falls' current tour isn't the last. PAIGE RICHMOND

    Maps & Atlases, with Frightened Rabbit. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $15. The Chicago quartet Maps & Atlases serves up loose, bluesy pop tunes set against technically stringent arrangements. Their melodies are a bit off-kilter, sometimes stringing repetitive vocals lines together, sometimes splashing with unexpected drum beats. Dave Davison's voice is crowing and languid - think Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio - and both he and Erin Elders are widely considered to be guitar virtuosos. Both keep their complex rhythms by finger tapping their frets as their dueling parts wind around each other. The band is touring in support of their first full-length, Perch Patchwork, to be released next month by Barsuk. They're the opening act on this tour, but from what I hear they've been stealing the show from the headliner night after night. With Frightened Rabbit. ERIN K. THOMPSON

    Fuck Buttons, with White Rainbow. Chop Suey,1325 E. Madison St., 324-8000. 8 p.m. $15. Fuck Buttons' spastic music may not be soothing; more often than not, it's downright unsettling. But there's no denying that the Bristol duo carries a certain measure of crossover appeal. Whatever went into the creation of 2008's Street Horrrsing and 2009's Tarot Sport, the finished products betray no trace of organic, human-produced sound. If you just want to dance or need something trippy to listen to while you do drugs, Fuck Buttons will do the job. Of course, it can also inspire unpleasant visions of a future in which all food is grown in labs, no one can go outside because of nuclear radiation, and we all have bar code tattoos. Remember this when you're contemplating how many mushrooms to eat before the show. SARA BRICKNER

     
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