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Combining true experimentation with real pop has always been a tough trick to pull off, but Skeletons & The Girl-Faced Boys have succeeded better than most. The six-piece collective is led by Matt Mehlan, who started out as a solo act in Oberlin, Ohio, and co-founded the adventurous Shinkovo label. The group's sound combines swirling loops and other sonic ephemera, spectral vocals and floaty melodies that are, in their own way, quite catchy. The music defies categorization, even comparison. No telling what their show will be like, but it could be one of those sets that folks talk about for months to come. The show features several support acts, including The Band of the Name, Swayze and The Lake Audition, and DJs Colonic and 2Critical. Fri., March 10, 9 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City, $7 (21 and up), 813-247-3319.