Chiptune, like most highly technical shenanigans, can often banish guys like Nintendo hackers Anamanaguchi to esoteric corners. But the Goochies augment those busybody, 8-bit, major-key melodies with guitars, drums, and other familiar human sounds; this steers them toward instrumental rock instead of just coarse electronica alone. The balancing act can be captivating when they hit the right ratios; old video games are cool and all, but they’re no good without people to play them. With Henry Homesweet, Sabrepulse, and Starscream.
Fri., March 5, 8 p.m., 2010