Torche and Harvey Milk are the twin totems of sludge-pop, two bands whove ushered Melvins-style bludgeon into exciting new arenas of woofer wreckage. Torche use doom-metal textures to make Beach Boys harmonic popa joyous, major-key, heavens-gazing bombast that takes on a religious quality when blasted out into a writhing sea of the faithful. Harvey Milk have been at it since the early '90s, a metal band as quick to jettison into Polvo-style angularity as they are into bummed out Leonard Cohen covers. With Pollution.
Sun., July 26, 9 p.m., 2009