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The Sword, Big Business, O'Brother 

When: Mon., March 17, 7 p.m. 2014
Price: $20-25
Austin, Texas, retro-metal outfit the Sword's initial traditional approach of black-light-poster medieval imagery and chugging doom riffs was cliché but well-executed, but 2010's Warp Riders and 2012's Apocryphon took different approaches in terms of both sound and thematic content, ditching the Dark Ages for outer space and other mythological subjects, and moving to a more classic-sounding hard-rock style. Though this new stuff isn't necessarily better than the old, the band seems to be doing something right, as they have recently been featured on soundtracks of big-budget Hollywood films and released their own line of hot sauces and beers (so metal). Seattle's Big Business manage to do way more with less—that is, make louder, better-sounding records with fewer members/publicity moves. MIKE RAMOS

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