Every fire starts with a spark. Richmond indie rockers Motel Fire are no different. Employing slow-acting accelerants, the group takes its time before bursting into flames. The Amherst-based Wall of Ears is more spry and less contemplative in its pop pleasures. Its psychedelic impressionism is whimsical in its Flaming Lip assessments of the ghost of Syd Barrett. The solemn shoe gazers of Claim Culture push moody atmospheres for ritualistic contemplation. The Richmond quartet doesn’t play music — it taffy-pulls sound. Elemental in form and function, Claim Culture’s skeletal dirges have evolved beyond the need for flesh and blood. Also from the River City, Don Babylon uses humor and hooks to draw the listener in. Its fist-pumping, radio-friendly take on all things rock is all about release. This quadrophenia of the new millennium takes place Monday, May 25, at Strange Matter. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. strangematterrva.com.
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