Rock & Pop


When: Fri., March 11, 9 p.m. 2011

Maybe it's because of Sleep, but for whatever reason, the Bay Area has long had a soft spot for dirty, droney stoner-metal (see: abundance of Electric Wizard T-shirts). Which is great for the touring careers of bands like Zoroaster. In a genre where being static is both an asset and a downer, this Atlanta trio manages to construct repetitive riffs in a far more compelling (and catchy) format than its peers. The trio's brand of psychedelic-tinged, cosmically trippy stoner doom metal really solidified on 2009's ear-wormy Voice of Saturn. Last year's Matador on the E1 label inserted a jolt of electricity into that template, resulting in faster tempos, more screaming, and more guitar solos. Even The New York Times started taking note. Expect the Orange amps to be on eleven when Zoroaster stops by Thee Parkside (1600 17th St., San Francisco) on Friday, Mar. 11, with Weedeater, Kvelertak, and Begotten. 9 p.m., $12, $14.

Kathleen Richards

Price: $12-$14

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