NOV 3, 2007



Why: A few decades from now, when the machines celebrate their triumph over humanity, the robot rave will sound like Battles. The New York City quartet is the first fully integrated android band, their colossal digi-prog rock hardwired between technique and technology. Every instrument—including vocals—is mediated by electronics, but there's human heart at Battles' core. Seattle's Pleasureboaters, profiled on page 48, open. (Neumo's, 925 E Pike St, 709-9467. 8 pm, $13 adv, all ages.) JONATHAN ZWICKEL

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