California art-punk duo No Age and Columbus' breakout indie stars Times New Viking have a lot in common.

California art-punk duo No Age and Columbus' breakout indie stars Times New Viking have a lot in common.

Both acts write simple songs with memorable melodies, then cover them in layers of noise. The drummer handles lead vocals for each band. And both hail from close-knit scenes that orbit around a creative and cultural hub. (The Smell is L.A.'s answer to our Cafe Bourbon Street.)

But where TNV embraces primitive recording techniques and plays it straight on stage, No Age are tech fiends. They deploy loops and samples to supplement their guitar-and-drums attack, building a mechanized swirl as a backdrop for rocking out with human spontaneity.

The futuristic approach can be magical, as on "Every Artist Needs a Tragedy" from last year's Weirdo Rippers. But it can also be a crutch for lazy songwriting, which occasionally plagues this year's nonetheless gnarly Nouns. See how it plays out live when No Age comes to the Wex on Wednesday.