Truman Peyote

It's easy to describe experimental bands with a flair for the exotic and a taste for pop as "like Animal Collective," but one listen to Truman Peyote's "New Wife, New Life" is enough to validate that comparison, especially with the twisted sonics at the end (very "Who Could Win a Rabbit") and those tribal chants in Avey Tare's favorite cadence. That ain't a bad thing; this Boston-area brood isn't xeroxing AC's style wholesale like Owl City did to Postal Service, and of all the Collective disciples out there, these guys are among the most engaging and inventive.

Tonight at 9 they'll be joined at Skylab, 57 E. Gay St., by Cloud Nothings, a lo-fi project from Cleveland boasting some of the finest pop songcraft I've heard in a long time. It's like Wavves with less hype and more talent. (And I like Wavves.) If you think Times New Viking is a little too abrasive but blink-182 is far too saccharine, you'd better get hip to this band. Turning On, their limited edition Bridgetown Records debut, will undoubtedly end up on my best of 2010 list even though it came out in late 2009.

Also appearing tonight: Boston's Many Mansions, Mansfield's Interstates Etc. and former Lambsbread drummer Shane McKenzie. Should be a supremely awesome evening. $5 at the door.