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Melt Banana, Hot Nerds, Clang Quartet (Back Room)

When: Mon., May 25, 9 p.m. 2015

MELT-BANANA

CAT'S CRADLE BACK ROOM, CARRBORO

MONDAY, MAY 25

On stage, legendary Tokyo weirdos Melt-Banana can look like a glorified karaoke machine. Behind a surgical mask, guitarist Ichirou Agata presses play on a computer loaded with drumbeats and basslines. Spitfire singer Yasuko Onuki stands to his right, idly holding a microphone. But when they begin to play, any worry for artifice vanishes. Agata's splintering riffs are precise and prickly, zipping between math-rock technicality and noise-rock force, driven by the momentum of grindcore mastery. The music seems to overtake Onuki, too, as she moves like a robotic mannequin whose rock-music-choreography program was made with intentional bugs and glitches. Somehow, the almost-silly setup is invigorating, delivering a thrill ride of starts, stops and sprints. Hot Nerds and Christian noise minister Clang Quartet open. 9 p.m., $13–$15, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro, 919-967-9053, www.catscradle.com. —Grayson Haver Currin

Price: $13-$15

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