When MausHaus first got started, with its EP titled sea-sides, the band was danceable synth rock at its most cheeky. It ran headlong into funky basslines, unabashedly catchy hooks, while retaining a softer, more artsy side with wispy vocals and distortion a-la Sonic Youth. The sound even got a little unexpectedly baroque-goth (as in tracks such as "Sneaky Feelings"). In MausHaus' most recent release, Light Noise, the band displays a more mature, but no less interesting sound, despite its new embracing of more straightforward rock. The new album still bears the marks of the band's earlier leanings: echo-y vocals, buzzing electronics, and the penchant for lofty sounding synths -- but it feels better unified (plus the production is better). MausHaus will perform with White Cloud, Lenz, and Steel Cranes at The Uptown (1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) on Friday, Dec. 7. 9 p.m.,Free. Uptownnightclub.com.