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Neil Young's influence on a disillusioned generation rears its head again in this young LA trio. On their debut album, last year's Cindy (Vernon Yard), Acetone bashed away at loose grooves, Mark Lightcap's guitar staggering drunkenly through the wreckage left by Steve Hadley's frantically splashing drums and Richie Lee's rumbling bass. "Pinch," with its refrain "Sandpaper on my insides" delivered in a disaffected nasal whine, is a dead ringer for Young at his most recklessly aggressive. But the rest of the album assimilates the influence more subtly. There's a gnarled, acidic guitar lyricism that evokes the work of Dream Syndicate guitar god Karl Precoda; equally crucial to their sound is a meditative cool that operates both independently and in conjunction with the roaring din. And Acetone's jumps from all-out grinding rockers ("Endless Summer") to swirling, light-touch ballads with softly chanted melodies ("Louise") are accomplished with a surprising fluidity and looseness. They open for Mazzy Star (see Spot Check) and Cath Carroll. Saturday, 10 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Karen Moskowitz.

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