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What's up with avant-garde music

Chuck Bettis' (pictured) bands the Meta-matics and the All Scars weren't afraid to wander into the weedy sounds, rhythms, and other ideas that didn't comfortably fit on conventional rock-club stages. On July 27 Bettis comes down from New York to collaborate with locals Tom Boram and Twig Harper as the all-synth trio Blank Tombs. With local electronics improviser Bonnie Jones-collaborating for the first time with Swiss electronics artist CoLo (aka Coralie Lonfat), who is currently stateside thanks to an artist's residency in New York-sharing the bill, this Red Room at Normal's Books and Records show is the week's best bet for an ear scrub. If Saturday is too...