BLAHA is the solo project of Mike Blaha from intense Minneapolis surf-psych band The Blind Shake. His new album The Art of Not (Wet Bridge Records) is like watching someone's brain slowly clench into a fist as the tension builds between catchy pop songs and dark, sonic obsessions. The project erupted after a buildup of over 100 songs that fit less and less as Blind Shake songs given the lone gunman vibe and increased use of melody and dynamics. Now BLAHA has bloomed into a four-piece touring band, featuring current Karl TeBeast on drums, Dylan Rosen on guitar, and Allison Gunderson on bass.