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A rundown of the sonic weapons in Holy F—k's war chest includes the usual utensils: keyboards, bass guitars and drums. Mentioned almost as an afterthought are the band's sundry "effects," a more nebulous grouping that deserves top billing. Wielding Star Trek phasers and toy pianos, live percussion in place of laptop programs and a 35mm film synchronizer as a phantasmagoric turntable, the instrumental Toronto quartet does for electronic dance music what molecular gastronomy chefs do for tired, staid cuisine. May LP Latin (Young Turks), Holy F—k's third overall, is a study in transformation. Where previous albums seem almost obsessed with ferreting out and hammering home a form of alien heavy metal, this new release is more focused on the process. Atmospheric opener "1MD" is four graduating minutes of ominous, momentum-gathering crescendo; "Red Lights" brings a ground-shifting landslide of ostinato bass melody and lockstep motorik rhythm, sounding like a doubled-up Ratatat covering Can; and "Stay Lit" takes a sticky four-note synth figure and repeatedly turns it inside out, almost resolving from minor to major key and back again, boldly going where no Holy F—ker has gone before. Kindred spirit Quintron and Empress Hotel open. Tickets $15. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Sept. 10

Holy F—k with Quintron and Empress Hotel

10 p.m. Friday

Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., 522-9653; www.howlin-wolf.com

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