Yes, Stinking Lizavetas Alexi Papadopoulos plays an electric standup bass. And yes, the Philadelphia trio relies heavily on improvisation. But for all that the band is credited for blending metal with jazzalong with post-rock, doom, psychedelia and progtheir music should simply be labeled raw. Because once Stinking Lizaveta starts banging out its unpolished racket onstage, you begin to wonder where the comparisons to musicians like Elvin Jones and Robert Fripp come from. That isnt to say that the bands sound isnt a legitimate (or unique) hybridonly that it isnt pretty. Where other genre-benders tend to focus on precision, Stinking Lizavetas true innovation lies in the messiness the band brings to the various genres it touches.
Sun., May 10, 9 p.m., 2009