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April 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Dead Meadow, masters of the vibe | Concert preview

Dead Meadow

Dead Meadow, from L.A. via D.C., plays Seattle Friday. Photo by Aaron Giesel.

Dead Meadow, headlining El Corazon Friday, has been at odds with its surroundings ever since forming in 1998 in Washington, D.C. Back then, dance-punk was king, and the trio’s slow, hazy sound stood out like a loose-fitting drug rug in a crowd of white belts and bad haircuts.

In 2007, they relocated to Los Angeles, a place where psychedelic rock is embedded in the culture. Yet neither the cross-country move, the genre’s resurgence, nor a bizarre name-drop from detective Jimmy McNulty’s teenage sons on season five of HBO’s “The Wire” (watch) — creator David Simon is singer-guitarist Jason Simon’s uncle — has elevated Dead Meadow above cult status.

No matter, they’ve kept making records — great ones. From 2001’s amped-up “Howls from the Hills” and 2005’s elaborate “Feathers” to their latest, last year’s mammoth double LP “Warble Womb” (featuring “1000 Dreams,” below), the group’s deep catalog crafts classic influences — Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath — into something uniquely their own.

Although the sweaty El Corazon is a slight mismatch for Dead Meadow’s auditory trips, Simon, bassist Steve Kille and drummer Mark Laughlin know how to set a scene, using area rugs and mood lighting to create a living-room atmosphere as cozy as the songs themselves. Relax your mind and stay awhile.

Dead Meadow, The Pharmacy, X Suns, Entmoot
8 p.m. Friday at El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle; $13-15 (206-262-0482 or elcorazonseattle.com)

Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: prog, psychedelic, stoner rock


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