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Big Business, Gay Witch Abortion 

When: Wed., Sept. 19, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $13
The closing track on last year's Big Business EP, Quadruple Single (Gold Metal), is called "Guns," and its sludgy parade of stomping noise carries just one lyric, chanted over and over: "Guns are better than everything else." It's a perfect example of what the band does best: crushing bass-heavy epics that never takes themselves too seriously. Founded as the duo of bassist-vocalist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis—both of whom have since become junior members of the Melvins, the band that practically invented shit-eating-grin sludge rock—Big Business is now a trio with 400 Blows guitarist Scott Martin, a man who knows a thing or three about dense thickets of swampy guitar. Warren's funky-grunt vocals lie somewhere between boogie-down blues-rock and a Viking war march, and the band's overall aesthetic makes them sound like a bunch of dorks geeking out to Green Jelly albums, but Big Business are comfortable with their oddities—that's why they're still around, and why they seem to be having a better time than just about everybody else. On this trip they're bringing the tour-only Battlefields seven-inch, which features the new song "Battlefields" (duh) and a cover of Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Into the Light." —Kevin Warwick Gay Witch Abortion opens.

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