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Difficult to pinpoint, challenging to describe, and positively revolting to google, this collective oozed into being in LA more than 30 years ago, back when the city was cheap, tawdry, and perfectly comfy for Beefheart disciples. But that wasn't enough to keep Amazon Bambi, Dr. Id, Ju Suk Reete Meat, and the rest of the crew from abandoning Tinseltown for the northwest, where they've been steadily kicking out the hair-raising jams ever since. The Beast (De Stijl), a collaboration with Wolf Eyes released last year, is pretty fascinating: a relatively tight, hipster-friendly noise unit coming together with a bunch of hairy hippies who've been around long enough to count the Butthole Surfers among their pop progeny. Wolf Eyes must've felt like a British Invasion band creaming at the prospect of playing with some old bluesmen. This show is part of the Three Million Tongues Festival; see page 26 for a complete schedule. White/Lichens, Burning Star Core, and Aleks & the Drummer open; Joy Poppers, Skog Device, and Th' Exceptional Child give "sideshow" performances between sets. a 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $12.

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