Even in an age when any album can be tracked down through torrent, auction or reissue, there's something unknowable about krautrock titans like Can, Kraftwerk and Faust.

Even in an age when any album can be tracked down through torrent, auction or reissue, there's something unknowable about krautrock titans like Can, Kraftwerk and Faust. The bands' densely intellectual but defiantly groovy compositions ooze with mystique; finally listening to the records after reading scores of adoring critical name-drops only amplifies that aura. So when Faust steps on stage next Thursday at the Wex, will it humanize them at last or further entrench them on music's Mount Olympus? Dozens of fanboy record geeks are eager to find out.