When dastardly thieves broke into LA-based experimental art-rock act The Mae Shi
's van last month, they walked off with 200 copies of the group's latest album. You've got to wonder what those rat bastards thought when they popped one into their CD player and heard raucously loud, riotously funky skronking guitar, glockenspiel and thunderous drums, all crammed into 43 minutes of music. Nothing about The Mae Shi's latest effort, Terrorbird
, is black-market friendly (hell, it's not even marketable, period) but the big, sweaty experimental collective's speed-addled lunatic sound barrage will sure as hell get you to sit up and listen (and maybe even shake your slightly confused ass). To recover from the theft, the band is asking for donations in the form of mp3s, health food and (most importantly) haircuts, so be sure to bring scissors to the show. We recommend the safety variety.