Battles' zany math rock reached its zenith on the band's 2007 debut LP Mirrored, proving that music that is both zany and mathy can actually be listenable, too. Vocalist Tyondai Braxton provided much of that eccentricity. Battles released Gloss Drop earlier this year, sans Braxton, but there's still plenty to keep listeners interested. New wave godfather Gary Numan guests on "My Machines," an industrial-grade rocker that locks tight into a relentless fuzz bass line. The rest of the album shows a band with plenty of tricks up their sleeves. And live? Watching John Stanier mercilessly bash the drums (and that high-rise cymbal) is worth the price of admission alone. MARK LORE
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