Thursday, December 5, with Theta and Friday, December 6, with Casket Lottery, Elevator Division, Salt the Earth and Trelese
Coalesce might go down in local music history as the band that refused to die. But even though the on-again-off-again quartet has broken up more times than a cell phone call from Jupiter, fans of thoughtful hardcore don't mind waiting out the downtimes. Coalesce's lethal combination of assault-and-battery guitar clatter and Sean Ingram's sandpaper roar belie the intelligence that's always been buried in the mix. Even those who can't decipher a word of Ingram's meaty prose know he's saying something important. After reuniting for a spring tour, many pundits assumed the band would return home and split faster than John Popper's pants in a toe-touching contest. But Coalesce is a cat with at least nine lives, and its legion of devotees should be on hand to purr at the group's latest return to the stage.