Listening to Night Beats is like sitting in the back of a shag-rug van, or staring at a blacklight Grateful Dead poster in the dark for too long. Seriously, though, this group has mastered that chromatic, surreal music that is psych rock while managing to bring the sound back to earth and keeping the listener within a realm of reality. Their music is a trip, a slow-yet-fast voyage wavering in and out of garage, soul and funk. A live performance, as they will be providing soon with the Black Lips at a Lollapalooza aftershow, will be even more of an adventure, with those reverberations striking your ears at full blast. (Maureen Clancy)
August 5 at the Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western, (773)276-3600, 10pm. Sold out.