This brings us to Zs, a quartet long considered practitioners of brutal proggery. Often dressed in black, sitting in a circle and concentrating on sheet music, Zs totally project a chamber music vibe while commanding their axe, sax, drums, and keys to stutter through epileptic fits of punked-out jazz. But unlike their peers -- who do rock viscerally yet primarily for the mind -- Zs engineer some pointillist groove into their stark, almost austere compositions. Obviously, the pinprick precision of electronic dance music exerts an oh-so-subtle influence on the group (just like fellow New Yorkers Gang Gang Dance and Black Dice). And although no one's ever gonna mistake 'em for Parliament, what Zs have accomplished is really quite unique. Here in America, you see, the dance floor and high-minded sonic freakery mix about as well as oil and water.