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Truckfighters

Truckfighters

Truckfighters, Marmora, Taken by the Sun 

When: Mon., May 12, 7:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $15, $12 in advance
This Swedish trio reflects a sun-baked American stoner-rock style back at us from the cold, dark north. After three solid albums in the late 2000s, the great things the band seemed to promise didn’t materialize, at least not soon enough—the 2009 full-length Mania was their last new material for four years. (It was a little easier to wait thanks to two combination reissues of early EPs and LPs.) Truckfighters have spent a lot of time on the road and gone through a Spinal Tap-like procession of drummers, but judging by the new Universe (Fuzzorama), they’re stronger for it. They have a lot of fun with soft-loud leaps, and the spacey, almost funky breakdowns in the longer tracks (“The Chairman,” the 13-minute “Mastodont”) don’t come at the expense of reliable, groovy riffs (“Dream Sale”) or the occasional poplike hook—“Prophet” is a bit structurally reminiscent of a Nirvana single. —Monica Kendrick

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