Infected Mushroom 

If you only see one Israeli psych-trance act at the Wilma this year, go see Infected Mushroom. As your friend, I should probably warn you not to do that. Infected Mushroom's music sounds like if Al Jourgensen did the soundtrack to "Castlevania." If you do not like it already, the odds of you hearing it for the first time and enjoying it are extremely low. Like coke or Sublime cover bands, trance is a lifestyle. It makes no sense from the outside.

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That's a good reason to go to the Wilma and get up in it. An Infected Mushroom album and an Infected Mushroom show are radically different propositions. In performance, they use live vocals and instrumentation, which pretty much turns them into an early-'80s industrial band. Add seizure-inducing lights, various inflatable set pieces and at least one song whose chorus is Amit Duvdevani saying the word "insane" over and over again, and you have what can only be described as a psychological experience. It seems possible that the members of Infected Mushroom expect you to come to their show on drugs. It would be irresponsible to suggest that you do so, but Jesus—don't come sober.

Infected Mushroom plays the Wilma Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 8:30 PM with DJ Likes Girls. $20. Tickets at Rockin Rudy's or at

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