Tonight: Woods at the Tractor, Rubik at El Corazon

Erina Digby
Woods, with The Art Museums, The Samples. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 8 p.m. $12. On their fifth release, At Echo Lake, Brooklyn psychedelic folksters Woods continue their joyous study of the art of stylist juxtaposition. Not content to let their pretty tunes stand alone, front man/founder Jeremy Earl and company always throw an unexpected curveball listeners' way. A single electric guitar line suddenly wails over what was a clean, acoustic melody. Loops and samples infiltrate tracks of simplistic classic folk like an audio representation of the lives of its creators, who are kids making seemingly traditional American music while living in the heart of Bushwick. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

Rubik, with mewithoutyou. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. 8 p.m. $16. All ages. While they claim to hail from Helsinki, Finland, my theory is that Rubik is actually from space. Hear me out; I believe aliens have spent years studying our "indie rock" and have finally come up with a scientifically perfect band. 2009's Dada Bandits plays like a mix tape of stadium-ready anthems, melancholy mope-fests, goosebump-inducing orchestral pop songs, and inescapably catchy hooks in the most unexpected places. Rubik attacks the dynamics behind their songs to expand (pulling all of the breath out of the room in the quietest moments) and contract (explosive, uncontrolled layers of melody) in a stunning cacophony. If there's something Rubik doesn't do well, they haven't found it yet. See? Totally perfect. Thanks a jillion, aliens. GREGORY FRANKLIN

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