The New Music Collective presents a concert by the electronic/digital sampling group. Pre-show talk at 8 p.m., performance at 9 p.m.
This week the New Music Collective is bringing to town one of the strangest acts you’re likely to hear all year, R We Who R We. We’re not joking. You’re either going to love the duo of Philip White and Ted Hearne or you’re going to hate, hate, hate them. But as challenging as the musical stylings of R We Who R We may be for some — their cover of Madonna’s “Material Girl” is a clash of bleeps, bloops, and WTFs — White maintains that the electronic duo is far from “unlistenable.” “My grandmother isn’t a fan, but then again she’s a pretty tough critic,” White says. “We’re not trying to convince anybody of anything, though. Just a couple of guys jamming out to some Ke$ha.” You can head online to give their self-titled EP a spin, and while some of it may be hard to handle, their cover of Eminem’s “Hi, My Name Is” is a jaw-dropping speed-freak tongue-twister. “The text is every line from the original tune, alphabetized forward and backwards and performed as fast as possible,” White says. The most impressive part: the track was recorded in one take. —Chris Haire THURSDAY