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When: Thu., Feb. 25, 9 p.m. 2016

Veteran low-budget experimentalists Wolf Eyes haven’t exactly mellowed with time, but as the trio’s latest album, I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces (Third Man), suggests, their peculiar brand of bad vibes has transformed into something more remote and sinister. Rather than unleash blurts of noise on opening track “Catching the Rich Train” Wolf Eyes give us snake-charmer saxophone lines and a maddeningly repetitive Fender Rhodes chord, all while founder Nate Young chants a message of existential misery. The band revs up on “Twister Nightfall” and loops what sounds like the central lick of “I Wanna Be Your Dog” over a primal thud and the churning guitar filth of James Baljo—who took over for Mike Connelly a few years back—while “Asbestos Youth” ominously slides and slithers along, with a high-pitched sine wave slaloming across a nauseous mix of feedback, synth squiggles, percussive splats, and relentless, spinning bass figures. All along Young’s vocals impart a mix of dread and suspense: he sounds bummed out, like he just might do something horrible, and that only enhances the suffocating tension Wolf Eyes have long been so efficient at building.

Peter Margasak

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