Describing Oneohtrix Point Never’s sound is heady college-essay material. He uses repetitive analogue synths and repeating digital arpeggios to create other-dimensional classical noise music. It’s music meant for hearing and for feeling; it has a visceral effect on the body and head. Daniel Lopatin, the man behind Oneohtrix, is consistently academic and meta in his description of music. The Wire’s critic David Keenan, who titled the genre “hynagogic pop,” posted a splash-making series of emails between himself and Lopatin on his personal blog. In the exchange (since removed) the two try and struggle to define the new sound. Keenan sees it as a musical, trance-like nostalgia; Lopatin sees himself as a vehicle for the synthesizers. It’s all very hard to verbalize, and perhaps that’s the most exciting thing about the genre. Oneohtrix Point Never performs with Bee Mask at 8:30 p.m. at The International House’s Ibrahim Theater; tickets to the all-ages show are $12. —Dave Simpson

Also playing: The Extraordinaires + Juston Stens And The Get Real Gang, Gold Crowns at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, $8); Femi Kuti And Positive Force at World Cafe Live (9 p.m., $33-$53); The 2nd Annual Philly Opry featuring Birdie Busch + The Defibulators, The Silver Ages at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $12)

Gene Ween + Claude Coleman Jr., Dave Dreiwitz, Ukelarry And Son at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $30-$40); Fishtown Shad Fest featuring Black Landlord + Spinto Band, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Springs, Girls Rock Philly! camper bands at Penn Treaty Park (noon, all ages, free); June Divided + Studio Saturn, Evergreen, A Little Affair at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $8); Grails + James Blackshaw at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $10-$12); Thousands at First Unitarian Church (8 p.m., all ages, $10)

The Fresh And Onlys + Crocodiles, Young Prisms, DJ Dennis Wolffang at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $10); Atmosphere + Blueprint, Grives With Budo at Electric Factory (8 p.m., $26)