Owen Pallett began his career under the moniker Final Fantasy, and the sci-fi-enthusiast and violinist quickly gained a following by sampling and looping string parts into indie pop structures that praised things like Dungeons and Dragons. Tonight, however, he uses his birth name, an indication of his increased dedication to “improve the relationship between creatives and consumers.” Perhaps his unabashed, quirky weirdness is part of this mission. His latest album, In Conflict, dips deeper into introspective and personal events. It often takes conflict to reveal the greatest aspects of our being, and it’s such lofty claims that Pallett’s music tackles. And if you’ve never seen anyone sample the violin live, watching that feels like a victory, too.
Wed., May 14, 8 p.m., 2014