When: 7 p.m. June 21.
Where: The Agora Theatre, 5001 Prospect Ave., Cleveland.
In a conversation about acquired tastes, limburger cheese and sushi qualify for some as unpleasant experiences that perhaps, over time, they grew to not only accept but even crave.
Sonically, the descriptor has often been used to label the music of the avant-garde At the Drive In, a punk-minded band with dissonant metal and post-hardcore tendencies that after a decade and a half apart recently reunited for new album “IN·TER A·LI·A.” However, the comparison is only apt if acupuncture using steak knives or a wrecking ball to the side of your head can be labeled as acquired tastes.
Whether it’s At the Drive In, or side project The Mars Volta, Cedric Bixler (vocals) and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (guitar) simply interpret and create music differently from the majority of their peers. For clarification on what exactly is happening when these two musical eccentrics and geniuses plug in and play, the singer sees common ground with an iconic, if often-confusing, franchise that also found new life this year.
“I’m not trying to make comparisons to any of the stuff we did to ‘Twin Peaks,’ but to me it’s a big influence,” said Bixler, calling from Austin, Texas. “Especially now because I do see a lot of people who bravely sort of admit, ‘I don’t get it. I don’t see what the big deal is.’
“But you know what’s important about it isn’t that you understand it; it’s the fact that it makes you feel a…
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