Psychedelic music has taken on many forms over the years, from the classic acid-rock excesses of the late 1960s to the less literal, but no less engrossing, passages of world-music bands like Tinariwen. British duo Shpongle, featuring Simon Posford and Raja Ram, takes the old trippy traditions and gooses them up with rampant electronics and ambient textures on fifth release Museum of Consciousness. Posford manipulates the modern world through his banks of synthesizers, while Ram evokes the natural mind with his weaving flute melodies. Extended tracks like “How the Jellyfish Jumped Up the Mountain” and “Brain in a Fishtank” shape and shift from frenetically spacey mechanization into more melodically languid sections. Also at the Observatory, Sunday, March 9.

Wed., March 12, 7 p.m., 2014
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