Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mouse on Mars with Spaceship Aloha at Johnny Brenda’s, Mac DeMarco at Kung Fu Necktie

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MouseonmarsGerman IDM duo Mouse on Mars play Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Coming out of the heyday of their genre in the nineties, Mouse on Mars have continued to make surprising and enthralling electronic music all the way up to today.  Parastrophics, their most recent record, was released in 2012 on Monkeytown.  Where a lot of current electronic music focuses on neatly produced sonic landscapes that fill-in all of the voids, Mouse on Mars take a much more abstract and fractured approach that blends math-like dissonance with chopped melodies.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Philadelphia’s Spaceship Aloha can be found here.  Watch the video for “Polaroyced” from Parastrophics below.

Mac DeMarco hits Kung Fu Necktie tonight in support of his 2012 LP 2.  The Canadian musician released the debut full-length on Captured Tracks last year after recording several efforts as Makeout Videotape.  His “slacker rock” incorporates catchy guitar riffs with an understated vocal delivery of often strange lyrics – it’s a somewhat-sarcastic style of music that works for the multi-instrumentalist, as he has toured with fellow Canadians Japandroids and earned Best New Music creds on Pitchfork.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Naomi Punk, Calvin Love and Neighborhood Choir can be found here.  Watch the video for “Ode to Viceroy” below.