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Dead Meadow

The Los Angeles-based group Dead Meadow's fifth studio album, Old Growth, dropped Mardi Gras Day on the indie stalwart Matador Records. The rather majestic, pastoral title is an apt description of the old-school-metal-meets-California-flower-power sound it's been thrilling shoegaze fans with since 1999. Building on the legacy of West Coast proto-metal acts like Blue Cheer, Dead Meadow blends Sabbath-worthy, weighty riffage with dreamy, blissed-out guitar fuzz for a velvet-wrapped iron fist of psychedelic monster rock. Lyrics draw heavily on the horror and fantasy writing of the accidental hippie icons J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft. The band asserts " in keeping with its general aesthetic " that the Old Growth sessions, which took place in a secluded farmhouse, were troubled by hauntings. Allegedly, some of the paranormal sounds were picked up on tape. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. — Alison Fensterstock

10 p.m. Fri., Feb. 15

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;


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