Friday, March 19, at the Hurricane.

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum 

Friday, March 19, at the Hurricane.

Now's the time on Sprockets when we say ... what the fuck? Flimsy terms such as experimental and avant-garde can't begin to pin down the calculated cacophony -- musical and emotional -- wrought by this traveling doomsday sideshow. Indeed, even describing Sleepytime Gorilla Museum in a conventional, representational language like English feels like an affront to Sleepytime's arch, Dadaist ethos. Musically, the Bay Area five-piece favors unusual instrumentation and arrangements, conjuring everything from discordant, haunted-house soundscapes to death metal. But to adapt a phrase, these performance artists are really meant to be seen and not heard. The group's stage presence is the bulk of its appeal. Its gothic, 19th-century aesthetic recalls illustrator Edward Gorey, and its surrealist stage show takes a page out of the Residents' book. But even if you're not apeshit about Sleepytime's "music," you may want to approach the stage just to make sure you're not hallucinating -- or having a nightmare.

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