If you pride yourself on being the weirdest person at the bar, you might want to sit this show out. With Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart, Tune Yards' Merrill Garbus and Scout Niblett all crammed into Neurolux, noisy, art-rocky sonic surprises are all but guaranteed.
Stewart formed the experimental art-rock act Xiu Xiu (pronounced shoe shoe) in 2000 with a few San Diego pals. After the release of Knife Play in 2002, the band has continued to evolve, cycling through a handful of members but always retaining Stewart at the core. Xiu Xiu's most recent album, Dear God, I Hate Myself features, Angela Seo and percussionist Ches Smith and was recorded mostly on a Nintendo DS. To get a good taste of the band's synthy darkness, check out the video for "Grey Death," in which Stewart and Seo trade off strangling each other while Stewart quivers lyrics like "You were beautiful and I lost you / Like a whip covered in pins and glue."
Though Garbus, the sole member of Tune Yards, cloaks her artsy darkness in ukulele strums, trash-can percussion loops and field recordings of laughing children, her lo-fi music is nonetheless both brutal and uplifting. In the achingly pretty "Fiya," she sings: "What if my own skin makes my skin crawl / What if my own flesh is suburban sprawl / What happened between us makes sense if I'm nothing / and you're all / if I am nothing at all."
Niblett, who swung through town in September 2009 and is only joining Xiu Xiu and Tune Yards for one night, tops off this eccentric pizza with her own Cat Power-y brand of distorted indie rock. Niblett is touring on her new album, The Calcination of Scout Niblett, and is known for her collaborations with Will Oldham and her performance-artsy stage antics.
Thursday, March 25, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, neurolux.com.