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Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. with the Phantom Family Halo at One Eyed Jacks

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Kawabata Makoto isn't the kind of guy you'd expect to base an album on a pun. Or is he? In between six-stringed exorcisms and spiritual awakenings, Makoto — the itinerant mystic at the smoking controls of Acid Mothers Temple's long, strange trip — has peppered the catalog of his Japanese psych/rock collective with enough pop-culture hodgepodge to make Alfred Yankovic blush: from influential signposts like Pink Floyd (The Ripper at the Heaven's Gates of Dark) and Jimi Hendrix (Are We Experimental?) to absurdist dead ends like Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Mutants) and Olivia Newton-John (Pink Lady Lemonade). Falling somewhere in the middle is the new offering from Makoto's flagship wackos, the Melting Paraiso U.F.O., whose Son of a Bitches Brew (Important) bears only the faintest resemblance to Miles Davis' unshackled classic. In Makoto's hands, free jazz tunnels back into the institution only to find it overrun by wild basses and stark raving saxophones, the walls all spraypainted and the floors one big Slip 'n Slide. It makes you wonder what he could do with Kind of Blue Balls. The Phantom Family Halo, whose tumbleweed-rolling EP The Mindeater cast collaborator Will Oldham as an apparitional Rango, opens along with the Clang Quartet. Tickets $12. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

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