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The last time I saw Pittsburgh’s Black Moth Super Rainbow, the band brought out a guy in a gorilla suit and gave him a microphone. It was their idea of a joke. But Gorilla Man wasn’t actually singing, even though he pantomimed a vocal performance; Tobacco, the band’s leader, instead sat on the floor as he performed, and sang every song with a vocoder. Which is just the sort of band Black Moth Super Rainbow is. For the past nine years, its members have kept their identities hidden while they refined their unique sound into warm, fuzzy, psychedelic perfection. The other band members remain as mysterious as Tobacco, but the performances work because of their strangeness. All of these elements make the band a perfect fit for U Street Music Hall, where the sound is crisp and no photos are allowed. Black Moth Super Rainbow should be experienced and not recorded.
The performance begins at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1880. ustreetmusichall.com.