Nebula, Totimoshi, Lucid Ground, Audiobon Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Aug. 30, 9 p.m. 2008

LA trio Nebula is neither the flashiest nor the cleverest of the stoner-rock pack, but it is among the most consistent and community oriented, spending of a lot of time jamming for the skater crowd when not in Europe playing for the reliable crop of psych fans there. Last year’s digital release Nine Live, a “bootleg” recording of a hometown show, demonstrates the band’s ferocity onstage, and on this tour they’re selling a new six-song EP, Heavy Psych (Salt of the Earth). Simultaneously sharp and burbly, it’s suffused with Technicolor space boogie that sounds straight out of a 1970s dream of the future.

Guitarist Tony Aguilar and bassist Meg Castellanos have been making Latin-influenced sludge metal for more than a decade under the name Totimoshi. For their fifth album, Milagrosa (Volcom Entertainment), they took on a new drummer, Chris Fugitt, and worked with producer Page Hamilton (Helmet) and engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Tool). Though the influence of those bands shows, the heaviness here has a dreamy Meat Puppets-style quality that actually makes you want to pause and listen to the lyrics. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $15, $12 in advance

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