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Thursday: Black Moth Super Rainbow / School of Seven Bells

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BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW / SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.

Technology has always been central to Black Moth Super Rainbow's sound. Since the early 2000s, the Pittsburgh-based pysch-pop collective has cranked out 10 EPs and full-lengths made mostly using analog electronic instruments — Rhodes piano, Moog, Novatron, vocorder. That last instrument, popularized by acts like ELO and Roger Troutman, synthesizes vocals, lending them a robotic quality akin to the autotune-gone-wild sound that everyone from Kanye to Lil Wayne can't get enough of now. For the band's latest, the just-released “Eating Us” (available in typical formats as well as a deluxe hand-numbered CD with a “hairy sleeve”), it enlisted Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, who's pushed BMSR into more conventional arrangements. There's even an acoustic guitar. Still, lead singer Tobacco's vocals remain decidedly otherworldly, though he recently told Wired that he's working to make the vocorder sound “more human.” School of the Seven Bells, a dream-pop collaboration between former Secret Machine Ben Curtis and On!Air!Library!'s twin sister vocalists Claudia and Alejandra Deheza, co-headlines. Look for material that recalls the Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine — everything comes with a wash of feedback — but with electronic blips and beats.

ALSO: Check out BMSR's interactive new music video. Stoned, it would be hours of fun.

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