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Om, Lichens, Ga'an Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., Oct. 6, 8 p.m. 2009

Since Om play such long-form minimalist doom drone—their songs often run more than 15 minutes, and in late 2007 they played a set in Jerusalem that topped five hours—it’s easy to think of them as existing outside any human time frame, like an ancient stone idol that only ever changes imperceptibly as the wind and rain do their work. Of course, that’s an illusion—bassist and vocalist Al Cisneros and original drummer Chris Hakius were once the rhythm section of Sleep, and in early 2008 Hakius departed, to be replaced by Emil Amos, also of Grails. Om’s new album, God Is Good (Drag City), is Amos’s first; it was recorded at Electrical Audio by Steve Albini and includes guest appearances by Lorraine Rath on flute and Chicago’s own Robert A.A. Lowe, aka Lichens, who adds tambura to the sexy trance-out of the 19-minute opening track, “Thebes.” Om have such a solid foundation, though, that a new drummer and extra players don’t upset the band’s disciplined aesthetic balance. Like Sunn 0))), they can apparently pile on the adornment and still sound like themselves: uneasy mystical ecstasy in slow gravitational motion. Lichens and Ga’an open. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $15

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