Bottom of the Hill
Experience the infectious juxtaposition of ecstasy and agony as these artists bring surreal grandeur on Wednesday, Nov. 25. 9 p.m., $12-$14; www.bottomofthehill.com.
British pop composer Ben Jacobs becomes Max Tundra from the moment his "knees and arms start quivering in time to the curious rhythms," he explained in a recent interview. Tundra explores the flickers between fiction and realism, crooning vaguely pessimistic, perversely absurd lyrics atop fractured synth melodies. But the MIDI-addled, micro-edited quirks are endearing, offering a gleeful take on falsetto synth-funk. Accompanying Tundra's vintage sequencer delirium is Deastro, the '80s- and 8-bit-influenced vehicle of Michigan's Randy Chabot. The chiming, charming music of Deastro is highly animated, delivered by a live duo tweaking electro-acoustic arrangements that flit through flexible melodies and brooding observations.