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Medusa, Joy, Dead Feathers 

When: Sat., Feb. 7, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $10, $8 in advance
If you’re at all familiar with the Numero Group, then you can probably guess where this is headed. Back in 2013 the local archival record label known for resurrecting dead-stock midwestern soul opted to blow the dust off of a long-forgotten album of psych-infused protometal by the short-lived band Medusa. Forged on the northwest side of Chicago and self-produced on a rudimentary four-track, First Step Beyond wasn’t meant to make it out of the 70s, the decade in which the scruffy, Sabbath-loyal young’uns laid down the chugging, jammy tracks. But as is its way, Numero unearthed another gem, this one celebrating slow-burn wisps of guitar, extra-stretched-out drum fills, and vocals that sound like they’re being swallowed by a Technicolor vortex. The reissue retains the same gnarly black-velvet 1975 album cover featuring the symbol of Baphomet staring directly into your soul. But the sound isn’t as evil as it is chilling, especially when the delicate, ghostly vocal melodies of a laid-back track like “Temptress” sweep in and out. The two participating original members, Gary Brown and Donna Fields Brown, re-formed the band in their current home of Denver and have recently been performing their catalog in front of audiences for the first time in nearly 40 years. Medusa hasn’t taken the stage in Chicago since 1976. —Kevin Warwick
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