Ignore, if youre able, the cover image of Battles second album, Gloss Drop: some sort of gleaming, visceral sculpture made of either intestines or chewed gum, drooping artfully under the burden of its own hideousness. A curious choice for the local, experimental-rock bandnot because its unappealing, but because the groups brand of prog/math is an inversely welcoming, accessible experience. Nuanced, funky, and frequently alarming, Gloss Drop is the kind of complicated instrumentalism that changes expectations without ever losing the listenerBattles are just that good. Songs Rolls Bayce, Sweetie and Shag (with Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead), and Sundome are just that good. That cover art . . . less so.
Wed., April 27, 9 p.m., 2011