A Dead Meadow primer, to psych you up for Sunday’s Bunkhouse show

Dead Meadow returns to the Bunkhouse on April 8.

Who: A three-piece psych band birthed in Washington, D.C., and now based in Southern California. Guitarist/vocalist Jason Simon and bassist Steve Kille have been onboard since the group’s late-’90s start; Juan Londono signed on as Dead Meadow’s third drummer in 2016.

Sound: Stretched-out and stoner-iffic, swaying between the blues-ness of Sabbath and Zeppelin and the space exploration of Loop and Spacemen 3. Dead Meadow’s best tunes have hypnotic hooks at their heart, sticking to your brain long after the haze has cleared.

Spin: Begin with the Matador Records triumvirate—2003’s Shivering King and Others, 2005’s Feathers and 2008’s Old Growth—which feature some of band’s most focused songwriting on cuts like “What Needs Must Be,” “Such Hawks Such Hounds” and (both versions of) “Heaven.” Once you’ve absorbed those, wander forward and back through a reliably solid catalog.

Now: The trio is touring behind March LP The Nothing They Need, a strong set of tunes that works well both in the background (see: as I write this) and as the centerpiece of an evening in. Dead Meadow has a lengthy Las Vegas history dating back to late-2000s gigs at the old Bunkhouse—during which Simon and Kille sometimes descended into the crowd to jam—and continuing through festival appearances at Matador at 21 (2010) and Psycho Las Vegas (2016). Help welcome some old acquaintances back to town on Sunday.

DEAD MEADOW with The Acid Sisters, Ted Rader and the Magic Family. April 8, 9 p.m., $12-$15. Bunkhouse Saloon, 702-982-1764.

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