Japan's Acid Mothers Temple has been steadily gaining a rep in the U.S. since its inception in 1996, when Kawabata Makoto first took the Tokyo noisemakers on tour. The band's been on the road almost nonstop. Makoto not only records with Acid Mothers Temple, but he and other group members take part in a number of side and collaborative projects — including gigs with West Coast experimentalists Kinski and German Kraut legends Gong. Acid Mothers Temple's psychedelic space worship blends so many styles and members, it often records and tours as the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. and the Cosmic Inferno to keep up. The various projects also allow the group to perform everything from original freak-outs to warped takes on traditional Occitan and Buddhist chants and hymns. With a half-dozen CDs released last year and another one due soon, there doesn't seem to be much rest in sight for Makoto and crew.