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When: Sun., Nov. 20, 9 p.m. 2016

Thee Oh Sees may be one of the most prolific rock bands around, spitting out stone-cold killer albums annually since 2006—and sometimes dropping two in the same year—but that’s much less impressive than the restless mind of John Dwyer, the band’s sole constant member. August’s A Weird Exits (Castle Face) begins as a scorching mix of massive, loping Krautrock grooves bashed out by a pair of drummers and complemented by wiggy spasms of guitar noise and psychedelic melodies. Following the snarling punk aside “Gelatinous Cube,” the record transforms into something much different, ending with a proggy, tranced-out instrumental and an even spacier organ-stoked ballad. Three months after A Weird Exits comes the new An Odd Entrances (Castle Rock), which was cut during the same sessions as its predecessor but is certainly no B-reel assemblage. The record picks up with Thee Oh Sees more introspective, proggy sound as vocal chants and ascending organ licks embroider the hovering groove of “You Will Find It Here,” while the tender “The Poem” dispatches beats altogether. “At the End, on the Stairs” likewise captures a new kind of delicacy in Dwyer’s music with the emergence of lovely doubled guitar leads. The album concludes with a lurching instrumental that seems to take a slew of Jimi Hendrix tricks and string them out in a discursive feast of blammo weirdness. A decade into their run, Thee Oh Sees seem more inspired than ever.

Peter Margasak

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