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Phantascist, Rat Babies, Hog 

When: Wed., Sept. 22, 9:30 p.m. 2010
Price: $5

The first two bands to step to the plate tonight won't please tender ears. The lean, mean HOG snarls and lunges like a starving pit bull, foaming with tar-thick High On Fire riffs that more than earn such a reference. Rat Babies share more than just an Athens, Ga., hometown with Harvey Milk; they find common ground in the slow and low. Rat Babies' muck-tunneling sludge metal is cut with blues-guitar melodies like Harvey Milk but charged with charred-sounding amp fuzz like Weedeater. But if HOG and Rat Babies don't scare off the squares, then surely Phantascist will. The Carrboro combo's playful and borderless improv revels in sing-song rhythms and abrupt shifts in time and mood. Like playing a game with a toddler, this won't reward impatience or inflexibility. But if you're up for it, you might just enjoy yourself.—Bryan Reed

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