FRI APRIL 22
Anamanaguchi w/Lindsay Lowend; Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside
Chiptune is a style of electronic music made using the same audio hardware found in vintage computers and game consoles. While still largely an enthusiast community, New York's Anamanaguchi brought exposure to the genre with their soundtracks for video games Bit. Trip Runner and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game—the latter of which is one of the best game scores of all time. While the group's Scott Pilgrim soundtrack is largely an attempt at simulating video game music from the halcyon days of 8- and 16-bit gaming, the group's standalone releases are as indebted to mainstream pop and melodic rock bands like Weezer and the Beach Boys as they are to Dragon Warrior.
MON APRIL 25 & TUES APRIL 26
M83 w/YACHT; Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th
The Urban Outfitters-core of M83 has always been deceptively deep. 2011's Grammy-nominated Hurry Up, We're Dreaming might have been the most listenable double album since the Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and ubiquitous single "Midnight City" is one of the most stellar pop songs of the past decade. It's a difficult release to follow up, and new album Junk sees the group wisely change course, exchanging the muscular, dance-friendly shoegaze of previous releases for a fixation on '70s soft rock. The results vary: Parts of album opener and lead single "Do It, Try It" sound like Time-era Electric Light Orchestra (that's a good thing), while songs like "Moon Crystal" and "Sunday Night 1987" bring to mind the Doobie Brothers and Hall & Oates (not a good thing). It doesn't matter how convincing your pastiches are if the music you're paying tribute to is really stupid to begin with—just ask Anthony Gonzalez's Ghost of Christmas Future, Ariel Pink.