Who: A synthy, psychedelic-pop project from the mind of Thomas Fec, better known as Tobacco. Over the past 15 years, the Pennsylvania native has released a bunch of music under various names, and it’s all pretty interesting. If you like weird music, you should be at this show.
Sound: Twisted and dark, but also uplifting. On record and in concert, Tobacco runs all his vocals through a vocoder, enveloping everything in a pleasant haze. Some of the band’s best songs unspool slowly, like Boards of Canada or Meddle-era Pink Floyd; others are more immediate, though rarely entirely straightforward.
Stream: Start with 2018 Black Moth Super Rainbow album Panic Blooms and work backwards. Song-wise, catchy 2007 cut “Forever Heavy” has more than 2 million plays on Spotify.
Live: The band’s reclusive members, all listed under absurd pseudonyms—Pony Diver (synths), The Seven Fields of Aphelion (synths), STV SLV (bass) and Iffernaut (drums)—typically perform in shadows, backed by kaleidoscopic videos.
Bonus: The show’s openers are also promising. Steve Hauschildt, one-third of excellent Ohio ambient-drone trio Emeralds, has put out quality solo stuff since that project ended. Trippy Malibu synth duo High Tides just released an album on a label run by Tobacco. And local badass Ted Rader and His Magic Family lead things off.
BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW with Steve Hauschildt, High Tides, Ted Raderâ€™s Magic Family. March 27, 8 p.m., $15-$20. Bunkhouse Saloon, 702-982-1764.