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It's been more than a year since the release of The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, but there are still good reasons to catch these metal sculptors this weekend rather than wait for the push behind their next record, due in May 2007 on Hydra Head. (A DVD is on the way too, built around a London show from 2005, but its January release date was recently scrapped.) First, given the band's current trajectory, it's highly unlikely you'll get another chance to see them in such intimate venues--and their shimmering, overwhelming slow boil benefits from small rooms, where it's easier for the sound to pin you to the wall. Second, some of the material from the new album--which they've been recording all week at Electrical Audio with Andrew Schneider (Daughters, Cave In, Keelhaul)--has already made it into the live set. The band says the new songs (one of which has the uncharacteristically cheeky title "Spaceship Broken--Parts Needed") are "more concise and more aggressive," with the usual meditative repetition giving way to "a desire to pack as many riffs as possible into each tune." Lichens and Suicide Note open. Pelican also plays an all-ages show Saturday at the Beat Kitchen; see separate Treatment item for details. a 9:30 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600 or 800-594-8499, $12.

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