More interesting are the Loeffler brothers, who comprise the Windy City trio Chevelle. The band's debut was recorded by Steve Albini and garnered a bit of underground buzz, though the Loefflers say they hated it, particularly Albini's refusal to thicken the broth with compression. Chevelle's follow-up, Wonder What's Next, was delayed by a dispute between Epic and the band's former label, but it didn't prevent the group from scoring an enormous hit, "Send the Pain Below." Taking many cues from Helmet, Chevelle features a similar churn, but its largest influence is clearly Tool's Maynard Keenan, whom singer/guitarist Pete Loeffler often recalls down to the growling scream. Like its antecedents, Chevelle stamps out a properly mechanistic crunch, perhaps expressing the way the world will grind you down. Then again, maybe it's just that the world keeps turning, and those that stay in one place are destined to be ground under. -- Chris Parker
Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Tickets $25; call 314-726-6161 for more information.
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