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Bridesmaid, Sun Splitter, Temple 

When: Thu., Nov. 7, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $8 or free with RSVP at
This instrumental doom-metal trio from Columbus, Ohio, founded in 2009, is as much groaner as stoner—and considering Bridesmaid’s propensity for awful puns, it’s probably just as well that the band’s songs don’t have lyrics. Don’t let that put you off, though—their self-released debut full-length, Breakfast at Riffany’s (OK, that one’s actually kind of great), is a simple, heavy, immaculately constructed machine that cranks out delightfully thick and creamy riffs. Their unusual lineup—two bassists and a drummer—doesn’t inhibit their musical flexibility, and the diversity of approaches on Breakfast at Riffany’s includes the rubbery-tentacle sound of “Francis With Wolves” and the playful Link Wray-isms of “Surfin’ Zafari.” Nothing on the new one matches the long-range endurance of “The Lions of Pharoah Will Guard Its Gates,” the nine-and-a-half-minute climax of Bridesmaid’s previous EP, Davy Jones Industrial Average, but the album builds momentum from track to track, chugging along as inexorably as a formation of tanks—and of course a hell of a lot more playfully. —Monica Kendrick Sun Splitter and Temple open.


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