In a city overrun with bland, Americana-humping beardos, the Numbs stands out like a platinum obelisk in the forest. Former U member Jeff Johnson is the Numbs; in July, he’s releasing the People cassette, whose Black Dice–like, fun-house-mirrored rock makes you feel like you’ve just gulped a magic-mushroom Slurpee. Powered by dumbfounding, oblong rhythms and saturated in toxically inorganic textures of mysterious origin, this music transports you to a sinister, tropical space where few dare to venture. (Cairo, 507 E Mercer St, 453-4077, 8 pm, $5, all ages)

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