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When: Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m. 2016

It’s impossible to talk about the bearded heshers in Red Fang without getting into their unbelievable music videos. The very first of the bunch, “Prehistoric Dog,” from the band’s 2009 self-titled debut, shows the members engaging in an epic battle as LARPers, outfitted with weapons and armor built from empty beer cans and cases. Red Fang went viral with their second video, “Wires,” which features the group squandering a $5,000 video-budget check to transform a beater station wagon into a battering ram that magnificently demolishes everything from a pyramid of old televisions to a wall of milk gallons to their very own musical gear. The over-the-top, beer-soaked hilarity runs through all of their videos (2013’s “Blood Like Cream” even stars Fred Armisen). But their best work yet is the brand-new “Shadows,” with the band fighting off a Predator-like nemesis in the woods until all that’s left is ridiculous gore and glorious carnage. On top of being a crew of hilarious dudes, Red Fang absolutely rip: October's Only Ghosts (Relapse) nails a sweet spot between Danzig and Melvins, combining sludgy tones, brutal riffage, and a serious dose of crunchy, gruff catchiness.

Luca Cimarusti

Price: $23, $21 in advance

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