The Toronto trio Elliott Brood play a street-corner hoedown jam at the intersection of Uncle Tupelo and Crazy Horse, with equal measures of down-home front-porch, big-city bar stage, and suburban garage. Since forming in 2004, multi-instrumentalists Mark Sasso and Casey Laforet, along with sampler and percussionist Stephen Pitkin (who used to bang on a piece of luggage posing as a bass drum), have racked up a ton of impressive award nominations, including some Junos and the Polaris Music Prize. Their latest album is last year's Days Into Years. They've been called frontier rock and death country, among other things, by people trying to get a handle on their sound. But you can just call Elliott Brood alt-country with a sense of adventure. Which poses the question: Should Americana from the Great White North be called Canadiana? — Brian Baker
With the Pack A.D. and Leah Lou & the 2 Left Shoes. 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 9. Beachland Tavern. Tickets: $10; call 216-383-1124 or visit beachlandballroom.com.
Morphosis' What Have We Learned was one of the best techno albums of 2011. Credit goes to producer Rabih Beaini's ability to reaffirm and challenge the music's core parameters. The crunchy snares, hissing hi-hats, metallic handclaps, and deep-space bass pay tribute to Detroit techno and the robotic funk for which it's revered. The same can be said of Beaini's classic synthesizer sounds and how their celestial vibrations echo the science-fiction theology of Juan Atkins and Jeff Mills. Where What Have We Learned turns iconoclastic is on the macro level. Breaking free from techno's long-established reliance on loops and sequencing, Beaini constructs tracks that are wondrously complex, like mazes whose pathways and walls are in a perpetual state of recombination. It's a quality that recalls the intricate nature of vintage prog rock and free jazz. Little surprise, since Beaini counts cosmic innovator and philosopher Sun Ra among his influences. — Justin Farrar
With Container. 10 p.m. Friday, March 9. Touch Supper Club. Tickets: $10, $5 in advance; call 216-631-5200 or visit touchohiocity.com.
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