But as it so happens, I have a bonus reason to tell you to go: Los Angeles inner-space prog voyagers Intronaut play first, supporting the forthcoming Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones), due March 19 on Century Media.
I'll be honest: Until this album, my only exposure to the band was Jesu's 2007 set opening for Isis at Metro, where Intronaut drummer Danny Walker filled in for Ted Parsons. At the time I thought, "Yeesh, this guy's style is way too tense and busy and complicated for Jesu. This sucks." But in Intronaut, where Walker's playing fits, it's flat-out amazing: intricate, fluid, and dazzlingly creative. He's far and away my favorite thing about their music. I mean, this guy can make five-based meters rock, which is like dancing with somebody who's got three legs.
So far the band has teased two tracks from Habitual Levitations, and the first, "Milk Leg," is also being released as a vinyl single. The best bit in this one, if you ask me, is when the chugging guitars ping-pong between stereo channels against a jaunty 5/8 beat, interrupted by chattering breakdowns that I think are alternately 12 and 15 pulses long (though I'd prefer not to be quoted on that).
The other track, "The Welding," appears to be exclusive to Pitchfork for the time being, but it's worth the click. The guys at MetalSucks think the dissonant guitar squawks in the first few seconds are an homage to the Meshuggah oldie "Future Breed Machine," but I'm not so sure. For me, the gnashing, sludgy riff that introduces itself at 0:48 sells the song single-handedly.
Friday's show starts pretty early—doors are at six, and even though the House of Blues website says the show is at seven, I wouldn't be surprised if Intronaut hits the stage before that.