(Crocodile) Earth polarized a lot of amp-worshippers with Earth 2, an album that took doom metal to such sonic extremes that it crossed over into a kind of rumbling serenity. Twelve years later, they caused another upset with Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method, which swapped the full-stack thunder of their early years with a Bakersfield twang death march. Earth’s latest album might not be as pivotal as the aforementioned records, but Primitive and Deadly is still a curveball in the Earth canon. The languid narcotic tempos are still in full effect, but guitarist Dylan Carlson has combined the tranquilized metal of Earth 2 with the nuance and space of Hex, resulting in a heavy minimalist psych record that may be their most accessible work to date. With King Dude. BRIAN COOK
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(Chop Suey) First I gotta say, with all conflicts of interest in mind, this show is on MY MOTHERFUCKING BIRTHDAY. And anyone who knows me, knows the Spits are my favorite motherfucking band, and for at least two days after the show, I won’t be able move turn my head from side to side, because it will be so stiff from headbanging. Second, HOLY CRAP: they’re playing with the most excellent Constant Lovers and Unnatural Helpers. This lineup is gonna HURT! Second, I should say that this is some new-fangled Red Bull monthly live music showcase. You can get into the show for only $3, if you RSVP and sign up for Red Bull’s new sound player music thingie. Essentially, it’s a corporate-sponsored punk show. But you know what? The bands keep all the cash, and everybody wins. I especially win (did I tell you it’s my birthday?) KELLY O
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