The complex, in-your-face art rock of Cleveland's Mr. Gnome belies just how fun it can be. "Melted Rainbow" isn't just artsy; it's a gloriously poppy, simply thrilling, slightly psychedelic anthem.
The music of Dolly Spectra is cabaretesque art-rock of the strangest order. On "Moving Circles," singer and composer Dani Ashjian wails and wanders through a surreal but somehow still emotional landscape.
A heady and headstrong take on new-wavy art rock, "The Letterbomb" by Brooklyn, N.Y. band Milagres follows through on its punchy title.
Beginning with clacking percussion and airy harmonies, ending with a sprawling, psychedelic dreamscape, "Langsom Dans" by Gliss frames an artful study in contrasts.
You've heard of the guilty pleasure, one of the silliest concepts ever. Here's one that's even sillier: the intellectual pleasure.
Abrasive racket from various instruments and voices thrown haphazardly together or a contemporary interpretation of free form jazz? Listen to the highly experimental noise group Skarekrau Radio on Spazztick and decide for yourself.