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Aural masochists are in for a special treat/torture this week, when Providence, R.I., noise/rock duo Lightning Bolt brings its waste-laying drum-and-bass blitzkrieg to the bare warehouse interior at Zeitgeist. Not that Brians Chippendale and Gibson needed any help from room acoustics, but the high ceilings, irregular dimensions and undampened concrete surfaces should push the shrill factor right past the red and into the purple — precisely where the band wants it. With every record, the former Rhode Island School of Design friends and Fort Thunder collectivists have gotten better at transposing their bruising aesthetic to tape; fifth LP Earthly Delights (Load), released last October, is louder, speedier and even more spasmodic than 2005's tongue-swallowing Hypermagic Mountain. In person, Lightning Bolt redefines maximized resources: a gun-jumping, floor-show horror in which bassist Gibson goes Beethoven on cello-tuned, restrung banjo strings, and drummer Chippendale leaves pockmarks on his skins while biting a telephone mic like a gimp's gag. It's a small miracle they find space for detours like tone and melody in all of the squalls. Locals Pumpkin and Emily McWilliams open. Tickets $5. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

July 8

Lightning Bolt with Pumpkin and Emily McWilliams

7 p.m. Thursday,

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 592-3220;

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