A mesh of delicate drift and violent squall, Cleveland duo MR. GNOME ingests the lessons of Sonic Youth, King Crimson, Hella and the Cocteau Twins, spitting out dynamic, undulating arrangements of prog-pop and art-metal as they waver between sonic extremes Mon., MAY 12. Comely frontwoman Nicole Barille's breathy vocals accompany supple six-string majesties that rise and collapse in fits of intensity and then ebb away. Drummer Sam Meister pushes and pulls the pace like the moon on the tides, getting jazzy for the twilight moments and martial for the rumbles. $5. 7 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com.
â By CHRIS PARKER
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Gnome)