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Stinking Lizaveta, Beak, Erode and Disappear, American Draft Soundboard

When: Fri., June 17, 8 p.m. 2011

This Philadelphia-based instrumental trio oozed amorphously across several genres and scenes in the late 90s, seeming equally at home—or equally out-of-place—at free-jazz shows, psychedelic shows, metal shows, posthardcore punk shows, and arty postrock shows. But people tend to congeal over time, at least a little bit, and Stinking Lizaveta have molded themselves into a tight, innovative progressive-­metal unit—their thick, volcanic sound shapes well in the right hands, which in the case of their sixth album, Sacrifice and Bliss (At a Loss), turn out to belong to producer Sanford Parker. They spin their narratives almost entirely without vocals (Yanni Papadopoulos has a habit of shrieking into his guitar pickups, but I don't know if that counts), and Yanni's brother Alexi plays an upright electric bass that makes it easy for him to stay faithful to the classic walking-bass jazz sensibility—he gives drummer Cheshire Agusta lots to work with, and she does. The album feels longer than it is, not because it's tedious but because the band traverses such a long distance across its own soundscape. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $5

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