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Witch Mountain

Witch Mountain

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Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Witch Mountain, Hedersleben 

When: Thu., Sept. 18, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $15, $12 in advance
Good news first: Oregon doom band Witch Mountain has a new album, Mobile of Angels, due September 30 on Profound Lore. Now, the bad news: front woman Uta Plotkin is heading out on her own, so this is the last tour with the current lineup. It’s nice of the group to at least give fans some warning that they’re about to lose the voice that for the past five years has transformed Witch Mountain into a darkly exalted version of itself. Mobile of Angels builds on the richly bluesy, chugging heaviness of 2012’s fantastic Cauldron of the Wild, adding more complexity and a greater element of surprise. The swagger that’s always been there comes out swinging in the eerie, claustrophobic “Psycho Animundi” and the epic “Your Corrupt Ways (Sour the Hymn).” Plotkin’s voice is crystal clear and plaintive on the title track, and she has something of the great folk-rock singers in her style. She pretty much always sings clean, and for a good reason: this is a lyricist’s record, and she wants you understand every word. I could swear I even hear a little Patti Smith from time to time. Witch Mountain existed long before Plotkin joined and will continue after she leaves, and I look forward to hearing whatever comes next for both of them. But this particular version of the band had a unique alchemy, and it will be missed. —Monica Kendrick
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