Torche @ Phoenix Hill Tavern

Thursday, July 26

Phoenix Hill Tavern
644 Baxter Ave.
$10; 8 p.m.

Torche started out as a skull-crushing band with a bit of rock in the mix. Slowly, with each release, they’ve upped their pop tendencies, culminating in the syrupy sludge that was last year’s Harmonicraft. The consensus is clear: Torche, in their infinite wisdom, cannot sell out, although they will continue to bring a more mainstream appeal to sludge. Local trio Old Vikings sound like High On Fire with hazy Matt Pike-influenced riffs, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Reunited local punks Bush League also grace the stage and, for those who missed them in their heyday, they’ve lost nothing. Additional support by Nervous Energy. —Austin Weber 

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