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    Sleep, Pinkish Black

    When Sleep headlined a Levitation makeup at Mohawk in 2016, touched off by Japanese hammer of the gods Boris and ground into glass by glacial art-doom rarity Sunn O))), their magma splatter evaporated one misconception about the reconstituted Bay Area trio: calling Al Cisneros (Om), Matt Pike (High on Fire), and Jason Roeder (Neurosis) “stoner rock” is like reducing Motörhead to “biker metal.” “That show was massive,” agreed Pike last spring. “And I could never fill the shoes of Lemmy. He was a huge influence on me. “But yeah, I’ve always been, like, ‘Why does it have to be stoner rock?’ Fuck, I’ve had that pinned on me since day one. Stoner rock. Like it wasn’t just rock. Like it wasn’t just metal. Half my shit is punk rock from the Eighties. You just hear it with newer technology, newer amps.” Primary to Sleep’s igneous sets are Cisneros intoning Valhalla, which frees the guitarist from the mic unlike his day job, HOF. Roeder then binds the two with tribal brutality. Three LPs anticipate a bad seed new sibling some two decades after the next oldest album and four years after 2014 reunion single “The Clarity,” an entire LP worth of peak doom in under 10 minutes. “Sleep shows, there’s never one that’s exactly the same,” jokes Pike. “There’s tempos we call Black Flag-ing it, but we’ll slow shit down on purpose in the middle of a song, and then we have to lead each other, so a lot of it is like written improv. It’s hard to explain. “A lot of Sleep is tonal experiment. Like we’ll hit one note for a really long time, but it’s to pull different things from your heart to your hands to your guitar to your amp. So then music isn’t about the notes you play, but how you play them.”
    Thu., Jan. 25, 8pm 
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    Conrad Keely, Aaron Blount

    Lead vocalists from bands worlds apart on the sonic spectrum, Aaron Blount and Conrad Keely step away from their essential Nineties rock outfits. Keely’s …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead yields furious prog rock, but his solo output sometimes channels Oasis as well as lo-fi synth explorations. Blount, founder of slowcore outfit Knife in the Water, writes brooding and bruised introspection.
    Thu., Jan. 25, 8pm
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    PR Newman (record release), Mean Jolene, Batty Jr., Star Parks

    Onetime Berkshire Hound Spencer Garland unveils his debut LP as the “punk rock Randy Newman,” employing a seasoned crew including Brendan Bond of the Bond Twins and Jim Campo of Magic Rockers of Texas. Smiley single “Everything” stomps and charms with mariachi flair. Spacey, wavering indie from Batty Jr. begins, followed by Star Parks’ uplifting retro-rock bravado. Sparking pop-punk for the summertime, Mean Jolene closes the deal.
    Thu., Jan. 25
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    Women Crush Music Showcase

    #WomenCrush song swaps began in Portland and spread: Lucy Bergin (7pm), Chakra (8), Honey Trap (9), Sedona Skies (10), Melissa Gail Klein (11), Cassandra Elese (12mid), Megan Flechaus (1am).
    Thu., Jan. 25, 6:30pm 
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    Adan Jodorowsky, Buhu, Clemente Castillo, Juan Pablo

    French-Chilean alt-rock musician, director, and actor Adan Jodorowsky, the scion of cinematic royalty, breaks away from his director father Alejandro to tour his latest release, Esencia Solar. Introspective Austin electronic guitar/drums/synth trio Buhu, led by Jeremy Rogers, articulates bouncy, retro-influenced dreamscapes. Prolific alt-Latin singer-songwriter Clemente Castillo dropped a bottom-heavy rumbler in 2016’s Eureka.
    Thu., Jan. 25, 8pm
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