With the Phantom Family Halo and the Clang Quartet, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838 or www.fitzlivemusic.com.
Kawabata Makoto, the founder of Acid Mothers Temple, started his career in music in the late 1970s. Whether he experienced Flower Travellin' Band's motes of resonating distortion or the dark, haunted droning of Les Rallizes Dénudés firsthand is anyone's guess. But since founding Acid Mothers in 1995, Kawabata has forged a path into inner and outer space; the alchemical combination of Stockhausen-esque, avant-garde electronica and transcendent, incendiary, prog-warped blues defies convenient categorization. In fact, Kawabata eschews the term "psychedelic" in favor of "trip music," because he wants the music to take the audience on a trip into an altered state of consciousness where the mundane dissolves in a wave of mind-expanding sound.