Earth

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Earth
Sunn O))) did a major service to Earth (the band) by name-checking the veteran Seattle outfit constantly—not to mention reviving its monolithic sound—as it ascended the avant-metal ranks. Earth capitalized on the favor by reemerging in an entirely overhauled guise, the latest example of which is a tenth studio LP, Primitive and Deadly, full of hazy, slo-mo twang doom, and recorded with an expanded lineup including Sunn O)))'s own Bill Herzog on bass and Built to Spill's Brett Netson on guitar. Sharing the bill on Sept 24 is King Dude, a Seattle songsmith who specializes in a part-kitschy, part-creepy blend of lo-fi garage pop and gothy folk; setting the stage on Sept 25 are Cult of Youth, which explores the harrowing nexus of goth, industrial, folk and arty pop, and Dream Police, a new band featuring two members of the Men.
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