Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
A final studio album, live DVD, and short film remain in the works, but local fans of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum's deranged musical mayhem have one last chance to experience it live, when it plays its final shows on Sunday, April 10, at the Independent. 3 and 8 p.m. $16-$18; www.theindependentsf.com.
One of the Bay Area's foremost purveyors of DIY avant-rock insanity, Oakland's Sleepytime Gorilla Museum has crafted a uniquely fractured artistic vision since 1999. A collision of modern-classical dissonance, complex black metal, and otherworldly theatrics incorporating such exotica as Japanese butoh dance and an outlandish arsenal of homemade instruments, the band's immersive concerts have earned it a global following. Sadly, the strain of bicoastal living (three members live on the West Coast, two live in New York) has led Sleepytime to call it a day.