It’s been amusing to watch Beck Hansen sidle out of the public eye, then grift back in, sideways, as though he wasn’t even trying anymore: cassette series collabos, sheet-music album, laudable producer credits, killer Philip Glass remix. Stockpiling sketches and notions in the interim between 2008’s Modern Guilt and now, the Californian pop alchemist is stepping out with synthesizer-infused oddities that suggest Animal Collective B-sides. As comebacks go, this one is so far quietly thrilling—and that’s enough, for now.

Sun., Aug. 4, 7 p.m., 2013

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