Dead Meadow have always been a band that are as pulverizing as they are psychedelic, and on their latest album, The Nothing They Need, they continue to trip out, but they vary the dynamics with more mellow and hazily languid songs. There are still plenty of heavy stoner rockers with bluesy, boxy riffs such as “Nobody Home” and the wah-wah guitar frenzy of the six-minute-plus “Keep Your Head.” “I’m So Glad” is a driving, rootsy ride on the rails in which guitarist Jason Simon’s vocals are disguised nicely with fuzzy effects. “This Shaky Hand Is Not Mine” is another heavy song, but it stumbles along at stubbornly slow pace, with Simon’s sleepy, druggy vocals contrasted by his savage lunges up and down the guitar neck. With Spindrift and Hallow Gallows.
The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; Tues., June 18, 8:30 p.m.; $20. (213) 413-8200, www.spacelandpresents.com