Musically, Torche sound like the legitimate sons of a union between Hüsker Dü and the Melvins, welding sleek, hummable, poppy hooks to hairy, bass-heavy sludge-rock riffs. Their latest album, Harmonicraft, is the sharpest snapshot of their brand of alt-metal, which can best be described as an unusually bubbly take on hard rock that has to be heard to be understood. Or maybe Harmonicraft’s cover art captures it best: Cute, round dragons puke rainbows on meaner, darker dragons who expectorate lightning bolts. They sound kinda like that.
Sat., March 2, 8 p.m., 2013