Jason Frank Rothenberg


Dirty Projectors have spent the better part of a decade confounding anyone who dares to categorize their music. Critics and admirers alike ramble on about "modern-day Talking Heads," "eccentric art rock," and "too smart to be easily digestible pop songs," making Dirty Projectors seem like an interesting band to parse through, while barely touching on just how fun they are to listen to. A typical song will start with a polyrhythmic beat (enough to get your toes tapping at odd intervals) before, boom, there are guitar histrionics, one of the wildest voices in indie rock in leader Dave Longstreth, and various female whistle registers that recall Mariah Carey's. Dirty Projectors' new album, Swing Lo Magellan, is a more skylarking, bucolic affair than 2009's groove leviathan Bitte Orca, but it still keeps you guessing as songs uncoil in all kinds of directions. Spectral electric folk-rocking Wye Oak have headlined tours through Seattle but open tonight; while plenty of bands have got the loud/quiet/loud dynamic down, this Baltimore duo takes things further, as songs begin with brooding and spellbinding intros that dazzle into powerfully satisfying climactic resolutions. There's no better way to be mesmerized on a Monday. Showbox at the Market, 8 pm, $22.50 adv/$28 DOS.


Following their one-two punch at the Neumos 21-and-over stage Sunday night at the Capitol Hill Block Party, Trash Talk and SpaceGhostPurrp will take over the Vera Project to the delight of underage fans, non–Block Party attendees, and anyone who wants to see this killer pairing a second night in a row. Trash Talk don't waste time in pulverizing your eardrums. Songs rarely clock in above two minutes, and guitar, drums, bass, and voice wallop together at a breakneck speed. Quite simply, this is what it means to be hardcore in the 21st century. Space­GhostPurrp, the rapper behind a series of dimly lit no-fi mixtapes, cleaned up the Phonk for his 4AD release this year, but thankfully didn't leave any of his dexterous yet eerily detached screeds behind. Vera Project, 7:30 pm, $15.