True to the nature of its namesake creature, Austin-based band the Octopus Project has its tentacles wrapped around multiple genres simultaneously. Some of the band’s songs are driven by solid rock beats. Others are filled with glitchy electronic effects. Sometimes they’ll deliver a straight-up catchy pop tune. The group’s music is mostly instrumental — they’ve actually provided scores for a couple of indie films — and their live shows employ everything from Moog synthesizers to theremins and have been described as immersive multimedia experiences.
— Nathan Weinbender