Eight Gigs: North

Tues., Sept. 8, 8 p.m.; Starlite Lounge. Call for cover.

North is not from the north. The band is from Tuscon, Ariz., which is definitely southeast of Sac. Unfunny spatially relative commentary aside, North is a three-piece prog-sludge band that blends heaviness and distortion with disorienting noise soundscapes. Its latest EP, Through Raven's Eyes, is in and out with two songs definitely worthy of investigating if you have any love for shoegaze and doom. Also worth checking out are Name and Mini and The Bear, the other two bands filling out this somewhat experimental bill. 1517 21st Street, (916) 704-0711, http://northband.us.