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Indian, Witch Mountain, Lord Dying, Bible of the Devil 

When: Sat., June 16, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $8, free with RSVP at rsvp@emptybottle.com
Portland doom quartet Witch Mountain, formed in 1997, followed a wavering and uncertain career trajectory—until vocalist Uta Plotkin joined the band in 2009 and changed everything. Last year's South of Salem was practically a second debut, with Plotkin's voice—a little bit Sandy Denny, a little bit Janis Joplin, a whole lot of terrible beauty—giving the band's Sabbath/Pentagram/Electric Wizard riffing a striking and utterly distinctive character. Doom as a whole would benefit from more singers who really sing, but it's going to be hard for any of them to compete with her grandeur (at least when she's singing clean, as she mostly does—she's not a terribly persuasive growler yet). Witch Mountain's second album with Plotkin, Cauldron of the Wild (Profound Lore), was bound to be a little anticlimactic, but I can live with that—it's very organic sounding, with an outdoorsy, bonfire-jumping intimacy in its grooves. You're not watching the witches' sabbath on a screen, you're there—and you're close enough to tell if it's the harmless hippie kind, or if someone's really going to literally have sex with Satan right in front of you. —Monica Kendrick Indian headlines; Witch Mountain, Lord Dying, and Bible of the Devil open.

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