With the notable exception of Bad Brains, there'd previously been a dearth of significant bands over the last few decades that have combined the miles-deep echo of dub reggae production with the heavy, guitar-churning force of punk and metal. But it makes sense that a band that debuted on ROIR, the label that gave the world Bad Brains' first cassette-released album, would pick up that mantle. Brooklyn's Dub Trio has spent the last few years finding the ideal split between mostly instrumental heavy rock and booming, King Tubby-caliber dub sounds, where charging riffs split up and decay into wobbling, ricocheting bass and percussion. (Needless to say, it's great headphone music.) Their most recent CD, Another Sound Is Dying, has clocked a good deal of mileage after being out more than a year, but good dub—and good rock—has a way of reworking its original, familiar forms into new and fascinating mutations in concert. With Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Faun Fables. 18+.
Mon., April 13, 8 p.m., 2009