Like their Oklahoma brethren the Flaming Lips, Starlight Mints have an affection for constructing pretty pop songs and shooting them through a prism of black humor and unadulterated weirdness
, pulling church bells, horns, piano, violin, tambourine, and triangle into the mix. This refracting technique would end up sounding scattershot in lesser hands, but the Mints are intuitively precise composers and the results are downright magical, particularly in a live setting. With Bishop Allen and Tom Heinl. (Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000. 7 pm, $10, 21+.