Longtime local stoner-rockers Fu Manchu have always had a mighty sound, so it's no surprise that their 11th album is titled Gigantoid
. Tracks such as "Anxiety Reducer" unfold with massive, Tony Iommi - style riffs underneath Bob Balch's lead-guitar squalling. "Radio Source Sagittarius" is like an endless series of punches to the stomach, as singer-guitarist Scott Hill growls dour pronouncements. Fu Manchu's original drummer, Ruben Romano, paves the way tonight with his scuzzy-fuzzy outfit, The Freeks, whose new album, Full On
, rumbles with skittering wah-wah-guitar workouts such as "Big Black Chunk" and the ominous psychedelic passages of "Vitamin D." The Freeks lower the volume for a brief spell amid the acoustic strumming of "Splitting Atoms," on which Romano's trippy vocals and Jonathan Hall's soaring lead guitar evoke the 13th Floor Elevators.
Sat., June 21, 8 p.m., 2014