Sat., March 23, Tao Jiriki
Shine, 8 p.m., $5
Who would have thought that an instrumental duo with just a keyboardist and a drummer would go into experimental free-form territory? Well, maybe that's no surprise. But you know what is? The degree to which Tao Jiriki actually makes quite accessible dance music. Jazz is the predominant influence, although there are elements of blues, funk and hip-hop. It sort of weaves in and out of these sounds, locking into hard-hitting grooves, then shifting into some weird, cerebral avant-garde jams—which works out great, because when you're all worn out from dancing, you can sit down and be blown away by the duo's innovative musicianship. 1400 E Street, www.reverbnation.com/taojiriki.