Fu Manchu, Honky, Shrine, Electric Hawk Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Mon., Nov. 7, 9 p.m. 2011

Twenty-some years into their quest to turn the world into a permanent simalucrum of late-70s southern California, stoner foursome Fu Manchu are showing little in the way of mission creep. The Orange County group's most recent album, 2009's Signs of Infinite Power (Century Media), is slightly more metallic than the fuzz-heavy guitar boogie they made their name playing, but it still sounds like it was designed to soundtrack hitting bongs in a van tricked out with a shag carpet interior and an airbrushed painting of a wizard on the side, and that's all that really matters. Over the past few years the band's been reissuing prime material from their vaults; that includes 1996's In Search Of . . . , which they'll play in full at tonight's show, and a brand-new "bootleg" LP collecting 14 covers of groups from Black Flag to Devo. According to the Fu Manchu blog, they also recently discovered master tapes containing songs they don't even remember recording—which, given the amount of THC dripping off their riffs, I find perfectly believable. They prefer to play at a volume sufficient to rattle building foundations, so earplugs are highly recommended. —Miles Raymer Honky, Shrine, and Electric Hawk open.

Price: $12

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