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The Cult, White Hills 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Tue., Aug. 27, 8 p.m. 2013

Brooklyn heavy-psych band White Hills open their new album, So You Are . . . So You’ll Be (Thrill Jockey), with an unexpected blast of pinging circa-1998 electronics before launching into "In Your Room," a totally expected blast of overdriven, Hawkwind-derived space rock, complete with crunchy riffs and monotone vocal chants. The trio seem intent on shaking up their sound a bit, adding the extended ambient soundscape "The Internal Monologue" and a couple more brief, out-of-place electronic squiggles, which seem to function more as palate cleansers than self-contained pieces. White Hills are still at their best delivering fiercely hammering workouts—the title track starts that way, then glides toward calm halfway through—but their attempt to widen their sound is admirable even when it doesn’t exactly work. The blown-out jams, though, need no tinkering. —Peter Margasak

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