This 15-year-old Japanese institution helped put Chicago’s Skin Graft label on the map– from the other side of the world and despite the fact they were weird even by Skin Graft standards–winning over even the most militant art-noise haters thanks to the helium-voiced Yasuko, who seemed capable of bridging any cultural gap by simply singing louder and faster. Since 2003’s Cell-Scape (the band’s fifth studio album, on their own label, A-Zap), some fans have been muttering about the band “selling out” or “going pop”–which must be understood in relative terms–and Bambi’s Dilemma, their latest, isn’t going to quiet them. By Melt-Banana standards some of the tracks are downright leisurely, plus there are choruses you can sing and tunes you can hum. Yasuko’s still infectiously gleeful, but guitarist Agata-, known for his onslaught of effects, at times sounds like R2-D2 puking up Night Train in the gutter. As always, in the live setting Melt-Banana is guaranteed raucous and abrasive fun. Cheer-Accident, Locks, and Rabid Rabbit open. a 9 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-478-4408 or 866-468-3401, $12, $10 in advance, 18+