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Coliseum, Sweet Cobra, Pink Avalanche 

When: Sun., May 12, 8:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $10
Usually when you spot a T-shirt advertising Louisville trio Coliseum, it’s on the back of a metalhead, but the group itself doesn’t play heavy metal so much as it plays really, really hard guitar pop—though most people might not take the leap to define it as such. While their fourth full-length, the brand-new Sister Faith (Temporary Residence), has the remarkable quality of sounding loud even when played back at a reasonable volume, the band puts as much emphasis on melody as on textural brutality, and hyped-up rockers such as the riff-intensive opener, “Disappear From Sight,” sound like a slightly more aggressive version of what you’d get from 90s garage goths the Murder City Devils. The album suggests a number of genres (metal, punk, posthardcore, and metalcore, plus other, more exotic varieties) but refuses to fit into any one of them, a fact that’s underlined by contributions from an impressively broad array of guests—including Boris guitarist Wata, Jawbox alum J. Robbins (who also produced), Sarge front woman Elizabeth Elmore, and Sebadoh’s Jason Loewenstein. —Miles Raymer Sweet Cobra and Pink Avalanche open.



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