The Mantras w/ Big Something

When: Wed., Feb. 6 2013

prog jam, funk, 9 p.m.

Just blame it on ADHD. It’s not only a handy excuse for our faltering education system, it’s how the Mantras explain their promiscuous musical tastes. The Greensboro, N.C., act may be led by two jazz studies grads — guitarist Keith Allen and bassist Brian Tyndall — but when the boys first joined forces in 2005, they decided to look to the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead for inspiration, not Coltrane and Miles. Over time, the Mantras have added touches of progressive rock, electronic, and world music to their sounds. For example, on “House of Cards” off their new studio album, Jambands Ruined My Life, the King Crimson-style art-rock morphs into a thrash-metal groove. Other tracks include the space-funk jam (“Dr. Ssanasinod”) and the intriguing Afrobeat/Middle-Eastern blend of “Man You Rawk.” The album is also the first to feature a sixth member, keyboardist J.W. Powell, who adds texture to the songs and expands melodies. —Chris Parker WEDNESDAY

Price: $8/advance, $10/door

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