Sadly slammed directly in the middle of Pitchfork weekend and possibly going without as much attention as it deserves, the joint Harvey Milk/Torche show is the metal bill of the summer. Athens, Georgia’s Harvey Milk—yes, named after that Harvey Milk—formed in the mid-nineties, ceased playing, developed a large underground following, re-formed and released last year’s “Life…The Best Game in Town,” a sludge-fest of heavy riffage and old-timey stoner rock. Noisey and with no lack of grit, Harvey Milk takes cues from classic rock and spins them toward a darker, meatier future. Miami’s Torche, another sludgy, doom-addled band, released “Meanderthal” in 2008 and it’s so powerful, so heart-stopping that just go buy it now what are you crazy what’s wrong with you. (They have a new EP on Hydra Head.) These two bands together? Better inhale. (Tom Lynch)
July 18 at Subterranean, 2011 W. North, (773)278-6600, at 10pm. $13-$15.