In the past, electronic music duo Matmos' glitchy, synthesized mash-ups have consisted of everything from the amplified neural activity of crayfish, to the rattling of rat cage bars, to semen. But on 2008's Supreme Balloon, M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel decided to abandon the bizarro sampling in favor of a new challenge: creating an album that consists of synthesizers and synthesizers alone. The result is an oddly compelling amalgam of sunny, pixellated songs that come off like the soundtrack to an obscure '80s video game. Listen to it on your headphones while you're trying to cross a busy downtown street. It's the closest you'll ever come to a real-life game of Frogger. With So Percussion. SARA BRICKNER

Thu., June 17, 8 p.m., 2010

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