People's Temple, Heavy Times, Uh Bones Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., Dec. 18, 9:30 p.m. 2012

The opening cut and title track from More From the Masses (HoZac), the sophomore full-length from Lansing band the People's Temple, is a perfectly designed piece of hooky psych garage—dreamy wah-wah guitar, thick bass coating the melody, and an obligatory hat tip to the raucousness of the 13th Floor Elevators. By halfway through the album, though, "House of Fools" is piling on verses that sound like Lizard King diatribes delivered at a poetry slam, and I'm pining for the more spirited songs that came before. The drawling, harmonica-loaded "Texas Revisited" and upbeat, Stones-inflected "Looter's Game" help front-load an album that gets hazier (and more morose) as it gets deeper into its 14 tracks—the theatrical vocals of the 11th song, "Right From Wrong," are especially weird and off-putting. But that first handful of tunes, man—it's easily worth the price of admission. —Kevin Warwick Heavy Times and Uh Bones open.

Price: $10, $8 in advance, limited number of $5 tickets

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