Mind Brains at Flagpole

A new year, a new supergroup: The excellently named Mind Brains features current and former members of the New Sound of Numbers, of Montreal, Dark Meat, M Coast, Olivia Tremor Control and more. The group’s music, as heard on its self-titled debut, out now on Orange Twin, is indebted to Elephant 6’s avant-pop lineage but skews decidedly towards the “avant” end of that compound. Absurdity and playfulness abound on Mind Brains, an anomaly in an era where most “experimental” music is kind of a bummer. Sometimes a bummer is just the thing, but if you’re looking for a pick-me-up—albeit one in the form of bizarro bleeps and bloops—scope out this show.