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BONUS TRACKS

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This month is crushed right off the bat when Detroit stoner metal label Small Stone Records stages a mammoth showcase at Radio this Saturday. There are nine very heavy acts on the bill but the whole thing is anchored by Boston’s Gozu, who blast out rumbling metal fit for the stereos of all creepy, unmarked cargo vans. The show features other locals like Roadsaw and Blackwolfgoat, plus visits from Lopan, Brought Low, Freedom Hawk, and more. . . . The next week brings us a reunion we’ve been waiting years for, when Victory at Sea takes the stage at the Middle East Downstairs in a benefit for friend Donna Shroupsky-Rains, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. There were hardly more chilling moments than those churned up by this band in the early 2000s, led by Mona Elliott’s deep-down howl and icy guitars over roiling piano and wailing violin. Never has a band made such bummer music feel so full of camaraderie. Their show on Wednesday promises a more than welcome homecoming with a supporting cast including Mary Lou Lord, Seana Carmody’s Reindeer , and No Love — a new band with Victory at Sea’s Mel Lederman, Sarah Borges, and members of the Beatings, Shore Leave, and Eight-Ball Shifter. . . . Nov. 8 brings us the latest installment of the meticulously themed “Org” nights at Harvard Square’s Oberon, organized with theatrical weirdness from the folks in Jaggery (it’s also the release party of their EP, “Private Violence”). This month, it’s “Org: Literati,” with a focus on performers that range from bands (like Gem Club) to dance, poetry, and even a “former real-life English professor.”

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