• Niky Dogatzis
  • Intronaut never step in the same Los Angeles River twice.

I have a four-story nerd boner for Meshuggah, and I’ve never tried to hide it: I worked myself up into a proper lather over their previous Chicago show, and later declared it one of my five favorite live metal experiences of 2012. So I’m not exactly on the fence about whether to recommend their Friday concert at the House of Blues, even though front man Jens Kidman has been fighting an ugly flu (for at least one show last week he was replaced by a propped-up inflatable doll wearing a cutout of his face while the band played along to prerecorded vocal tracks).

But as it so happens, I have a bonus reason to tell you to go: Los Angeles inner-space prog voyagers Intronaut play first, supporting the forthcoming Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones), due March 19 on Century Media.

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.