It’s hard to figure when the members of local post-rock-inflected ensemble Hands Off Cuba find the time to make music together — HOC features current and former members of Lambchop, KORT, Silver Jews, Cortney Tidwell’s band, The Privates, Hobbledeions and more. But it’s as Hands Off Cuba that these performers — Adam Bednarik, Matt Glassmeyer, Ben Marcantel, Scott Martin, Jonathan Marx, Ryan Norris and William Tyler, to be specific — step out of their sidemen roles and forge instrumental numbers that don’t need a vocalist in order to be melodically transfixing. For all its ambient, experimental leanings, their recent EP, Volumes of Sobering Liquids, isn’t a formless listen, but rather a dynamic collection of sprawling build-ups, occasionally complex rhythms, myriad instrumentation, lush production, commanding riffs and the sort of subtle volatility that fans of Tortoise will appreciate. Also on the bill will be fellow locals Black Patch, Sleepy Kitty (St. Louis)
and — if all goes according to plan — one more special guest. We’re not at liberty to say who the special guest will be, but we’ll give you a hint: It’s a batch of local heroes who have wandered out of the wilderness for a hometown show. Don’t miss it. —D. PATRICK RODGERS
Show starts at 9 p.m., and five bones will get you in. And as it happens, The Features will be playing the Express Fashion Show at Mai tomorrow, Oct. 21. Not that, you know, that has anything to do with anything.