With Thee Scarcity of Tanks Undercuts Trasher Cloud, and Lexie Mountain Boys. Thursday, March 22, at Pat's in the Flats.

Wzt Hearts 

With Thee Scarcity of Tanks Undercuts Trasher Cloud, and Lexie Mountain Boys. Thursday, March 22, at Pat's in the Flats.

Baltimore's white-noise trio Wzt Hearts explores numbness with guitar, drums, a laptop, and a mixing board. Unlike a good percentage of bands featuring laptops -- and, most likely, thanks to the drums -- there's more going on than the usual bleep-bloop farting that all too often defines such acts. Heat Chief, the group's 2006 album for the Hit Dat imprint, drifts seamlessly from squiggling anti-music to gradual sheets of eerily psychedelic horror-movie themes, kind of like the middle part of Pink Floyd's "Echoes" gone nu-age space-hippie.

According to the band, its live set is always improvised from start to finish, so you can't really trust its recordings as far as tonight's show goes. But with a genuine ability to reach far-out extremes, fans of like-minded explorers (think the Boredoms minus the metal) will most likely get their experimental rocks off. Wzt Hearts even flirts with the notion that laptop noise is not a completely dried-up well, with the intermittent breaks in the electro-squall feeling both gentle to a narcotic degree and often downright beautiful. Think laptop tribalism funneled through a neo-no wave sensibility (whatever that means). By the way, for some reason the name is pronounced "Wet Hearts."

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