The Life and Times
' just-released The Magician
fits more intriguing twists into its 22 minutes than many bands boast in their entire discographies. Allen Epley's guitar spits feedback fuzz and surges like quick-passing highway traffic. Chris Metcalf's drums hiss and rattle during the verses, then detonate in conjunction with Eric Abert's baleful basslines during pulsing, wall-of-sound climaxes. Friday's show provides fans with a rare opportunity to hear these songs live, because EP tracks tend to disappear on future tours.