What's up with avant-garde music

Chuck Bettis' (pictured) bands the Meta-matics and the All Scars weren't afraid to wander into the weedy sounds, rhythms, and other ideas that didn't comfortably fit on conventional rock-club stages. On July 27 Bettis comes down from New York to collaborate with locals Tom Boram and Twig Harper as the all-synth trio Blank Tombs. With local electronics improviser Bonnie Jones-collaborating for the first time with Swiss electronics artist CoLo (aka Coralie Lonfat), who is currently stateside thanks to an artist's residency in New York-sharing the bill, this Red Room at Normal's Books and Records show is the week's best bet for an ear scrub.

If Saturday is too long to wait for that sort of trip, New York's PC Worship hits Coward Shoe July 24. PC Worship is the mutating ensemble led by guitarist/vocalist Justin Frye, who has played in the Dan Deacon ensemble and in the late, great local Amon Düül-tinged outfit Teeth Mountain. As PC Worship, Frye nails that scuzzy Siltbreeze vibe, equal parts Jim Shepard end-of-the-world confrontations and Brother JT conversations-with-somebody-who-you-can't-see, and the recent Beat Punk is a hearty dose of laconic psychedelics. PC Worship plays with Cloud Becomes Your Hand, This World Sucks, and Horse Lords.

On Aug. 3 local no-fi label Spleencoffin celebrates its 10th anniversary with a 10-band, $10 bill at the Windup Space featuring some Baltimore/Spleencoffin bands that don't play out that much-the great Rosemary Krust, along with Dreadlords, Meg Rorison, Mold Omen, Newagehillbilly, Jeff Carey, and Tennessee's Aether Jag, Washington's Aleutian Compress, NYC's Embarker, and Marlo Eggplant-who appeared on the label's great Ladyz in Noyz comp-playing via Skype from the U.K.

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