Nou­veau Amer­i­cana: Lit­tle Ty­bee

Pasatiempo - - On Stage -

Lit­tle Ty­bee, the usu­ally six-piece strings, keys, and per­cus­sion en­sem­ble out of At­lanta, is some­thing dif­fer­ent from your usual folk rock or alt rock band. The group’s mu­sic is rhyth­mi­cally ex­per­i­men­tal, smartly or­ches­trated, and clev­erly com­posed (credit vo­cal­ist-key­boardist Brock Scott). Vi­ola and vi­o­lin blend with elec­tric eight- string guitar and voice. The beats can be lan­guid, ag­gres­sive, or glob­ally in­flu­enced in a way you can’t quite put your fin­ger on. Lit­tle Ty­bee’s 2011 video col­lab­o­ra­tion with pup­peteer Tom Haney, Box­car Fair, is the strangest, most en­gag­ing bit of mu­sic and the­ater you’ll see and hear in some time. L.T.’s mu­sic, im­mensely pleas­ant on the band’s 2009 de­but, Build­ing a Bomb, is bit edgy, some­times strange, and of­ten un­pre­dictable. Lit­tle Ty­bee plays at 8 p.m. on Mon­day, July 7, in the in­ti­mate and acous­ti­cally friendly Gig Per­for­mance Space (1808 Sec­ond St.). Tick­ets are $20 at the door. Visit www.gigsantafe.com. — B.K.

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