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With their skeedly-whompus guitar and furiously intricate drumming, these Tokyo hard-rock vets sound too indulgent for Estrus Records, who recently put out the band's first U.S. album, The Essential Sounds From the Far East--the label's aesthetic has always leaned toward the pared down and boneheaded. But DMBQ (short for Dynamite Masters Blues Quartet) share a common ancestor with stateside neo-garage bashers: they back up through Sabbath and the MC5 and don't stop till they reach old-fashioned psych, whose hairy, primitive wildness crouches in the dark subbasement of every decent rocker's brain. Their songs feel like they're suspended in the orgasmic moment when a churning, one-chord freak-out congeals into a heavy melodic riff--the third time I listened to the new disc, I was out walking with headphones on and ended up flashing the horned hand at a stroller roller in Lincoln Park. Instead of sectioning a tune by tempo ("this is the fast part with the guitar solo, this is the slow part with the stygian moan of rage, now reload the bong"), the band follows as drummer China Mana warps time with her spattering snare. The music seems to bulge out of your stereo speakers and then draw itself back in, and when front man Shinji Masuko howls something like "Ah LUUUV the way she WAAAAALKS!" it sounds like he's aching to bust through their membranes and mess up your living room. With its violent heaving and lurching, this stuff makes me feel like I'm getting sloshed around in somebody's intestines--in a fun way, though, like I got swallowed between gulps of absinthe and ouzo. Twin Wrecks the Memory opens. Sat 4/9, 9 PM, Bottom Lounge, 3206 N. Wilton, 773-975-0505 or 800-594-8499, $8.

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