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Monday, September 27, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Menomena

Posted By on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Rub a dub dub!
  • Rub a dub dub!

Menomena's name may be a nod to Jim Henson’s scat-singing Muppets from back in the day. Or maybe not. Whatever. Just know that if you’re looking for that kind of playful whimsy in music, the Portland, Oregon, trio scratch that itch. The trippy, experimental indie rockers’ recently released fourth album, Mines, could be their best. Menomena made much of their 2003 debut, I Am the Fun Blame Monster!, with a computer program member Brent Knopf created called Deeler, which also serves as a jumping-off point for Mines, a natural-sounding extension of 2007’s Friend and Foe. But it’s also a far less conscious record. Songs like “Taos,” “Five Little Rooms,” and “Queen Black Acid” seem more interested in gradually drawing in listeners than offering the ceremonial head-drubbing found in many of the band’s older songs. Just don’t mistake accessibility for a stab at mainstream acceptance: Menomena are still eccentric and wildly imaginative. With swirling strains of Moog and saxophone enveloping your head with pure psychedelic phases, you get the feeling Menomena could have influenced Henson to create a whole new batch of nonsense-spouting Muppets. Menomena, with Suckers and Tu Fawning, play the Beachland Ballroom at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. .—Peter Chakerian

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