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Tranquil, pretty moments never last long on Ramonda Hammer’s latest album, I Never Wanted Company. “All death/It’s got me thinking that I’m next,” Devin Davis confides on the opening song, “You’re Invited,” a morbid romantic anthem that begins with delicate tendrils of melodies that are soon buried under a wave of heavy grunge chords. With such titles as “Who’s the Narcissist?” and “Hoax,” Davis deals with disillusionment by juxtaposing muted, restrained intros with loud, dramatic and liberating surges of Nirvana-style choruses. She gains even more power with the sympathetic crush of surging volume laid down by lead guitarist Justin Geter, bassist Andy Hengl and drummer Mark Edwards. Ramonda Hammer are billed with Dead Soft, a trio from Vancouver, British Columbia, whose new record, Big Blue, alternates between glowing, spectral idylls like “The Static” and fuzzy bursts of grungy, droning punk, such as “Tulips.” Also Dancing Tongues.

The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake; Thurs., Nov. 14, 9 p.m.; $10; ages 21 & over. (323) 661-4380, thesatellite.com.

LA Weekly