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Earth

Earth

Earth, King Dude, Dick Vain 

When: Mon., Sept. 29, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $15, $13 in advance
Earth has always been a profoundly self-contained band: their long, droning, slower-than-comfortable jams are a world unto themselves. It’s Dylan Carlson’s world, and while you’re welcome to come in, he won’t notice one way or the other. The 2005 addition of drummer Adrienne Davies as a full-time member enhanced this—she has her own air of complete focus and absorption that perfectly complements his. But the new Primitive and Deadly (Southern Lord), their eighth studio full-length, is the most social record they’ve ever made; they even invite guests onto a few tracks, among them guitarist Brett Netson of Built to Spill. It’s also their first album in 18 years to use vocals; Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) adds folk-rock glamour to “From the Zodiacal Light” with her clear, high croon, and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) anchors “There Is a Serpent Coming” and “Rooks Across the Gates” with his leathery declamations. These additions don’t make the album less heavy than its predecessors, but they do make it more human—which might disappoint some longtime fans. This isn’t to say that devotees of the band’s desolate trance drones get short shrift: the restless guitar arabesques under the heavy, repetitive shuffle of “Torn by the Fox of the Crescent Moon” and “Even Hell Has Its Heroes” are classic Earth, and you can’t miss the band’s signature fat-serpent slow slither on every song. —Monica Kendrick
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