Battles' four-man, digitally enhanced factory funk offers a hint (a very loud hint) of what rock 'n' roll will sound like in the 23rd century
. Imagine the entrance music at a monster-truck rally starring Optimus Prime—massive drums, double-helixed guitars, otherworldly vocals
, something so ridiculously different and brazenly brainy that it makes you laugh out loud
. Battles are here and now, but you have to see them to believe it. (Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave, 441-5611. 9 pm, $10 adv/$12 DOS, 21+.