ORIGINALLY from Washington, D.C., but now based in Los Angeles, Dead Meadow found a way to give shoegazer indie rock a heavy dose of psychedelia. But in the same way that an acid trip today conjures a different trip than it did 30 years ago, so is Dead Meadow's psychedelia attuned to the modern gestalt. Using the fuzzy guitar style that Eric Clapton used to delirious effect on "Sunshine of Your Love," and which has now become ubiquitous in the "stoner rock" genre, Dead Meadow somehow manage to garner lots of comparisons to Black Sabbath—even though they sound nothing like them. Lush, scraggily and sprawling, Dead Meadow translates the psychedelic riffage of the '70s into a modern-day exploration. The Lumerians and Hans Keller also perform.
Tuesday May 27
LADYTRON delivers an eclectic mix of electronic and disco-pop. The four-member band uses an array of synthesizers, keyboards and vocals to create an original sound reminiscent of early '80s music. The band formed in 1998 Liverpool when Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu teamed up with singer Mira Aroyo. Ladytron's second vocalist joined soon after. Their music has been described as refreshing, lush, brilliant and sophisticated.
Sunday May 25
IT'S admirable when a band can successfully pull off a transition from hardcore to melodic art rock. Thrice was conceived by two O.C. high school kids in '98, and channeled all the rage you'd expect to come out of a high school kid, but they did it with the technical ability of classically trained musicians. As the boys matured, so did the music, morphing into a sophisticated, thrash-laced hybrid of post-hardcore and moody art rock on 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance. They tour in support of their latest, and dangerously countrified, album to date, The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV.