Clutch, Baroness, Lionize, U.S. Brass, Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars | Kuma's Corner | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Clutch, Baroness, Lionize, U.S. Brass, Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars 

When: Sat., July 11, 12 p.m. 2009
Metal-themed, charity-minded burger pub Kuma’s Corner is celebrating its fourth birthday with a block party headlined by mighty Maryland four-piece Clutch. (And of course Kuma’s has a Clutch burger: cheddar, jack, Swiss, and smoked Gouda.) Strange Cousins From the West, the band’s ninth studio full-length and the first on their own Weathermaker label, drops this Tuesday, but it’s been rocking the Internet’s pirate taverns for weeks. Producer J. Robbins, who also lent a hand on 2005’s towering Robot Hive/Exodus, helps reconcile the potentially conflicting strains in Clutch’s limber, witty, and wonderfully weird music—bluesy stoner groove, metal crunch, free-range prog oddity—and the results include memorable tracks like the swamp-funky “Motherless Child,” the downright scary “Freakonomics,” and the addictive “50,000 Unstoppable Watts,” with a chorus (“Anthrax / Ham radio / And liquor”) that front man Neil Fallon propels straight into your forebrain with his insinuating hellfire holler. This album could barbecue pork on the hoof at 50 paces. Baroness, Lionize, U.S. Brass, and the Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars open; the music starts at about 2 PM and Clutch is tentatively scheduled for 6:30. Admission is free and so is the food, but drinks will cost. —Monica Kendrick


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