Rock/Pop

Animals As Leaders

When: Wed., July 13 2011

You could start with the eight-string guitar, or the all-instrumental take on math-rock excess, or the critique of anthropocentrism reflected in the band's name and song titles like "Modern Meat" and "CAFO" (the latter an acronym for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations). But whatever angle you view them from, former Reflux guitarist Tosin Abasi and his new D.C.-based band Animals as Leaders are pretty unique. And while the whole animal thing could end up making him friends with Morrissey, it's Abasi's penchant for Phrygian scales and two-handed tapping that'll have progressive metallurgists genuflecting tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). Doors open at 6:30, which means plenty of time for support acts Evan Brewer (who was also in Reflux), Intronaut, Dead Letter Circus, and Last Chance to Reason. Tickets for the all-ages show are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. — Bill Forman

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