7/26: The Octopus Project at the Grog Shop

Austin’s Octopus Project combine the astral guitar landscapes of bands like Spacemen 3 and the cosmic lounge-pop swoon of Stereolab with the electro-vibe of Four Tet. But the band exudes its own distinctive, fun identity through members’ subtle quirkiness and a bizarre cartoony-creature folk-art visual aesthetic. Although the four collaborating musicians are each proportionally brilliant, keyboardist Yvonne Lambert can’t help but steal the show with her theremin. Her gorgeously expressive playing unleashes the artistic potential of that impossibly difficult electronic instrument with rare virtuosity. She’s also the mastermind behind the group’s wild album art and elaborate concert visuals. Touring behind the new Golden Beds EP, the Octopus Project play the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.5588) at 8 p.m. Ken Rei and Endo Orphans open. Tickets: $8 advance, $10 day of show. — Michael David Toth

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