LEGACY OF DISSOLUTION
Earth dig up a sparkling new album
After a first act defined by gloom and glacial feedback, the Seattle drone-metal outfit Earth released The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull, a wonderfully melodic suite of long-form instrumental music. The band, which was originally named for Black Sabbath's first and most regressive incarnation, has spawned its own imitators: The arty doom-metal band Sunn O))) began as an Earth tribute act, and Boris, Sleep, and hordes of other experimental-music royalty have hailed the Seattle quartet as the pinnacle of post-Melvins metal. But Earth has long since moved on, and the band's new obsessions—sedate, chiming bursts of organs, guitars, and drums—are as compelling as their hugely influential old ones. At 7, the Knitting Factory Main Space, 74 Leonard Street, 212-219-3006, $12–$15
No Age celebrate Nouns in New York
It was less than a year ago that the L.A. punk duo No Age released Weirdo Rippers, a ragged, heartfelt compilation of the band's singles to date. Nineties DIY hardcore by way of some serious art-damage, the band's sound pushed punk out of the basement and into some deliriously textural clouds, sometimes so emphatically that it seemed as though the band itself couldn't keep up. But what No Age didn't have on Weirdo Rippers, they've more than made up for on their formal debut, Nouns. The duo's already-notorious live shows tend to be more blunt about the band's punk past: Their last show at the Bowery Ballroom ended with guitarist Randy Randall hoisting an audience member up onto his shoulders, guitar in hand, to finish the song that No Age had begun. At 8, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 212-533-2111, $13
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