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Skull Defekts, Zomes, Mountains 

When: Thu., March 31, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $8
In 2006 this Swedish minimalist-noise combo—then a duo consisting of Joachim Nordwall (a key figure in Scandinavian noise circles and owner of Ideal Records) and Henrik Rylander (drummer for amazing Stooge-oid rockers Union Carbide Productions)—made its U.S. debut here at a Lampo-presented concert. Since then, the Skull Defekts' lineup has grown to include multi-instrumentalists Jean-Louis Huhta and Daniel Fagerström, and for their new album, Peer Amid (Thrill Jockey), they've moved from noisy, often abrasive drones into granite-hard single-chord rock. On this record they're joined by Lungfish front man Daniel Higgs, whose solo work over the past decade has been notably free of rock trappings. While I'm not a big fan of Higgs's eccentric singing—I find his piercing quaver best in small doses—it works well in this context, its wildness spilling over the edges of the rigid repetition and almost martial precision of the Skull Defekts' tightly coiled workouts. —Peter Margasak

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