German 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.
Montreal singer Mac DeMarco has one foot in Cass McCombs-style easy / breezy psych folk, another in oddball performance art. With two LPs out on Captured Tracks Records, DeMarco plays Kung Fu Necktie on March 4, and we’ve got a pair of tickets you can win. Just comment below, and we’ll choose a winner next Thursday at 5 p.m. Below, listen to Mac’s single “My Kind of Woman” from last year’s LP 2.