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Breaking down the bill: psych-rockers Earthless, Kikagaku Moyo and JJUUJJUU at Beauty Bar

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Earthless caps off the March 7 lineup.
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Earthless

This San Diego trio—guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, bassist Mike Eginton and drummer Mario Rubalcaba—has been frying minds with its live show for more than a decade. The archetypal Earthless song is lengthy (20-plus-minute jams aren’t unusual), guitar-driven and instrumental, although new album Black Heaven, due out March 16, bucks some of those trends, incorporating vocals into many of its tracks and staying under nine minutes per number.

Kikagaku Moyo

A Tokyo five-piece whose hypnotic cosmic explorations have steadily attracted a following in recent years. The 2017 EP Stone Garden provides a solid window into the band’s spacey spirit, but for a real sense of what you might experience Downtown, dial up some recent concert performances on YouTube. If those don’t get a psych-rock fan out on a Wednesday night, nothing will.

JJUUJJUU

Phil Pirrone is the man behind popular SoCal fest Desert Daze. He’s also the guitarist, singer and leader of this LA trio, which sits at the sonic intersection of drone, Kraut and tribal psych. Both of the band’s recent Vegas sets—opening for the Claypool Lennon Delirium at Brooklyn Bowl in 2016 and sharing a Neon Reverb bill with Temples and others last year—were highly memorable, portending well for this return engagement.

EARTHLESS with Kikagaju Moyo, JJUUJJUU. March 7, 8 p.m., $20. Beauty Bar, 702-598-3757.

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