When: Sat., July 12, 7 p.m. 2014
These brilliant metal wags got their start in Pennsylvania in 1990, moving to the Bay Area shortly thereafter, and they’ve honed their distinctive sound on nine albums and far too infrequent tours. Slough Feg made their newest full-length, Digital Resistance (Metal Blade), using analog recording equipment—a studio equivalent to their gleeful heedlessness of most of the developments in metal since the 80s. Their old-school horns-to-the-sky tunes are simultaneously progressive and straightforwardly rocking, with a nuanced technical dazzle that’s balanced by comfortable, earthy melodies. The lyrical themes have the pack-rat intellectual eclecticism of a guy who reads anything he can get his eyes on, and the band sells them with a rousing classic-metal vibe and a puckish sense of humor. A lesser group might stumble on the perfect alchemy of this combination by accident, but Slough Feg repeat the magic every time—you can be sure they know the recipe. —Monica Kendrick Slough Feg headlines the eighth Alehorn of Power festival.
Price: $20, $18 in advance