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Earthless, Ruby the Hatchet, Marmora Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Dec. 2, 9 p.m. 2016

To even subtly define the titanic (mostly) instrumental psych rock of San Diego’s Earthless as “jammy” is doing a disservice to the chemtrails of guitar sustain and churning, heady rhythms that twist and turn with such directive you occasionally feel like you’re being thrust toward the ends of tracks rather than entrapped within a purgatory of riffs and lulling beats. Their 2013 full-length, From the Ages, is really nonstop hot lick atop hot lick—flanged-out hard here, strung-up tight there—with burrowed passages of extracurricular noise and feedback helping to deviate course. A track like “Violence of the Red Sea” is nothing short of bugged-out southern classic rock, as lines of shredded and gnarled blues-influenced guitar tumble along in excellent chaos. On “Acid Crusher”—their contribution to the recent split with Harsh Toke, out on Tee Pee—the trio dials it back plenty, carving out a deep pocket with a laid-back groove from drummer Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes, Black Heart Procession) and smoldering lines from guitarist Isaiah Mitchell that eventually devolve into freakness.

Kevin Warwick

Price: $16, $14 in advance

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