Fri., Feb. 15, In the Silence
Blue Lamp, 9 p.m., $7
Local metal act In the Silence presents a surprisingly tremendous range. It takes soft, spacious atmospheric sections and juxtaposes them with dark, heavy power chords. Beauty and ugliness share the same space within a single song, each emphasizing the other. The group's music expresses such a wide range of emotions—anger, sadness and joy—that it goes underneath the surface of these feelings and finds a common thread between what would otherwise seem contradictory. This is metal for nonmetal heads, or at least metal fanatics with broader musical tastes than just cookie-cutter death metal. In the Silence takes you on a journey, rather than just repeating sections. 1400 Alhambra Boulevard, www.facebook.com/inthesilence.