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click to enlarge Slothrust at The Black Sheep, with Summer Cannibals and Pout House, Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m., 2106 E. Platte Ave., $14/adv, $16/door, all ages, 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com
  • Slothrust at The Black Sheep, with Summer Cannibals and Pout House, Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m., 2106 E. Platte Ave., $14/adv, $16/door, all ages, 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com

Slothrust at The Black Sheep, with Summer Cannibals and Pout House, Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m., 2106 E. Platte Ave., $14/adv, $16/door, all ages, 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com

Slothrust’s name is a kind of indie-rock Rorschach test, one that can either conjure up images of slow thrusts or rusty sloths. (Spoiler: It’s pronounced sloth-rust.) In any case, the L.A.-based trio’s career has definitely accelerated since their 2016 signing to Dangerbird, the label that helped launch Silversun Pickups, Fitz and The Tantrums, and Minus the Bear.

Last year’s
The Pact, Slothrust’s fourth album to date, showcases the blank-generation vocals of frontwoman Leah Wellbaum, darkly inner-childish lyrics that rhyme “candelabra” with “chupacabra,” and occasionally complicated arrangements that keep things from getting too predictable. Their sonic palette, meanwhile, is earning frequent comparisons to ‘90s alt-rock, an impression that’s all but inevitable given the behind-the-boards involvement of Garbage producer Billy Bush.

The band itself prefers one critic’s description of their music as “Nirvana meets Wynton Marsalis.” Then again, who wouldn’t?

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