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Doin' Thangs


Big Bear: doin' thangs in 1998.


Big Bear: doin' thangs in 2005.

1. Big Bear may be the most colossal "metal" band in town right now, but since that's just one of the many groups their members play in, you'll have to excuse 'em for not killing shit more often. (Hell, when we saw one of these groups a couple weeks back, guitarist Joel Roston briefly forgot which band he was in.) All the power, twice the glory, and none of the bullshit that usually accompanies outbursts this deafening. With the wiry Durham art-punk band the Nein and Tiny Amps, they're upstairs at the Middle East 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge 617.864.EAST.

Big Bear, Track 1 (mp3) *
Polaris Mine, "5 a.m." (mp3)

Previously: Phoenix review of Big Bear.
(*this is OTD's jam right here)


Tet offensive.

2. What else to call it when the world's inwardest-thinking folktronic free-jazz saboteur quits throwing Radiohead for loops and starts clocking beats like a one-man Anticon? Kieran Hebden's albums as Four Tet have not been remotely in danger of rocking a party: his atavistic free-jazz and folktronica pastiches make Eno's Music for Airports sound like The Joshua Tree, and his remixes are exciting mainly for those who think Thom Yorke could really be something if only he were a little more self-indulgent. But now, without going pop, Hebden's suddenly popping: his recent Everything Ecstatic (Domino) foregrounds crisp breaks with robot-Rembrandt glitchscapes and even a Kanyeezee hypersoul sample or two, and his new Tet-à-tête with indie-hip-hop faves Madvillain has got the Internet going nuts. With Sunburned Hand of the Man he's at the MFA's "Concerts in the Courtyard" 465 Huntington Ave, Boston 7:30 pm $25 617.369.3306.

Madvillain, "Money Folder (Four Tet Remix)" (mp3)
Four Tet, "Sun Drums and Soil" (stream)
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