Okay, so the incorrigible pun-maker in me wants to play havoc with a title for this preview—e.g., “Dismemberment Plan Re-members for Sold Out Tour,” or “New Vinyl Ensures Dismemberment Plan Not Mis-remembered”—but any way you sell it, it’s good to see Dismemberment Plan back on the road. Maybe it’s some indication of the group’s talent that these guys’ careers after dis-membering (I know, I’ll stop) include jobs at Rock the Vote, The Huffington Post and NASA. Dismemberment Plan reflects a rigorous genius in their ability to create complexly layered music that deftly slaloms around infectious hooks. Bits of pop-punk mingle with crisp, avant-jazz drum and bass lines, or hip-hop bass and psychedelic filter pedals counterpoint Dylan-esque folk liturgy and country guitar hooks. The reissue on vinyl of their masterwork, “Emergency & I,” provides a rallying point for the new tour. DP singer Travis Morrison, in a recent discussion with NPR, disparages the CD as being “a hard, shiny, plastic, unpleasant, unhappy little medium.” If the integrity of their live performance measures up to their discernment in choosing a medium, this will certainly be a tour to remember. (David Wicik)
February 19 and 20 at Metro, 3730 North Clark, (773)549-4140, 9pm on 2/19 and 6pm on 2/20, 18+. $20.