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Last year’s The Man in a Blue Turban With a Face (Ace Fu), the first full-length by this Philly band, set a new standard in a genre I can only call short-bus prog. The various members bring in what seems like way too many instruments–marimba, trumpet, sax, Fender Rhodes, and more–to run rampant over the very idea of New Weird America, but it works because it doesn’t sound like they think they’re weird. I could pile on hyperbolic descriptions of what their gravel-voiced, toy-instrumented, jury-rigged cabaret playdates sound like, but I couldn’t describe the epiphany I had when I realized they can really play very well–their scruffy randomness is a choice instead of a product of their limitations. And unlike certain other “busy bands,” they know when to step back and relax. A new album’s due in February. Cheer-Accident and Princess open. Fri 11/25, 10 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600 or 800-594-8499, $10.