With so much music to sift through in the digital age, how does a band find an audience? While I don't have the ultimate answer, I'm pretty sure that originality is a prerequisite. Band name: Pickled Brain from Outer Space. Check. Genre description: sludgy instrumental surf music. Check. Ken Luk (guitar), Wyatt Kaidy (guitar), Hannah Brown (bass), and Ben Panepento (drums) posit a gloriously unorthodox aesthetic, and tracks like "Western Spaghetti" sound as if they could easily score a Frankie Avalon movie directed by Quentin Tarantino. It may be a little dark, and a little silly, but it's definitely a lot of fun.
Pickled Brain From Outer Space performs Friday, December 27, 6 p.m., at Abilene Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, free, abilenebarandlounge.com.