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Wednesday, June 7, Out ch’Yonda Performance Space/Omnirootz. (all-ages, 8 p.m); $5: At one point I thought calling music â€œexperimentalâ€ was like calling music â€œalternative;â€ just a meaningless categorization for the unimaginative. And for awhile I did know a handful of people around Albuquerque who made music out of glitch beats, calling it experimental.Then I studied John Cage–his chance operations and ambient sound, the way he would light paper on fire and print it–and avant-garde art in general. One professor told me that the avant-garde was dead and I became obsessed with finding out if that was true. Is there and will there ever be anything truly new in art? What I determined was that if the avant-garde is dead, itâ€™s not dead forever. Experimental music, like that which will be performed tonight, if only partially, is the avant-garde in action. The music questions music and performance itself and revolves around the outcome, not an ego-driven rehearsal. And if itâ€™s not avant-garde, itâ€™s pleasantly unusual, at least.Animental is a three-woman animal-costumed multimedia performance, imported from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Philadelphia, Pa., which tells a tale of animal purity and the corruption of man. It is â€œboth an old-timey story and future myth.â€ With live and prerecorded sound, dance and props, among other things, the performance is sure to be fascinating, especially since it is accompanied by Mammal Eggs (experimental/glam/country) and new transplants from Chicago, Lionhead Bunny (experimental/folk/comedy). Both are said to be mind-blowing, always different and possibly the most interesting thing happening in Albuquerque right now. So go and feast your eyes on what just might be the avant-garde.