Hex Machine 

Omen Mas

What a pack of lucky bumpkins we are this summer. Not only do we have the heavy-as-a-gravid-gator Total Fest X taking place in mid-August, we have a completely rad preview of that three-day rock fest this week when Hex Machine comes to town to defile our aural sense with sometimes sludgy, sometimes mercurial, always muck-stomping riffs.

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I bet these dudes are sick of the following lazy summation of their deft work: "If you like Melvins, Big Business, air-punching, mumbling, or screaming, you're gonna love Hex Machine!" So, yeah, the band's sound tends toward math-rock and noise. The groovy deal about the upcoming show is that HM has been recording with Tim Green (The Fucking Champs, Nation of Ulysses) out in California, so we're bound to hear hot new jams from a band ready to shake their little tushes on the rock 'n' roll catwalk, unleashing the post-studio beast. I predict sweaty nipples all around.

For a bit of pre-game action, check out HM's Bandcamp page and give Omen Mas a listen. If "Lunatic Sun" doesn't have you smearing on merlot lipstick and mumbling hate speech into an imaginary tape recorder, maybe you should skip this show.

Hex Machine plays the Zootown Arts Community Center Sunday, July 3, at 8 PM with LB.! and the Guts. All ages. $5, pre-sale tickets at Ear Candy.

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