Staff Pick: Melvins

Joel Oliphint
joliphint@columbusalive.com

The Melvins released its first record of heavy doom-rock more than 30 years ago and has remained fiercely independent all along the way, even when the Aberdeen, Washington group briefly flirted with a major label in the '90s.

“I don't feel like we're part of ‘the scene,'” singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne said last year in an interview withAlive. “We're lumped in with a lot of that stuff, and it's always irritated me. I never signed up for that. I never joined that club. I never volunteered for that.”

After issuing dozens of albums, the Melvins' newest release,A Walk with Love & Death (Ipecac), is the band's first double album. The record, out this month, is divided into two parts. “Death” is a “proper” Melvins release (though more melodic and less sludge-y than past efforts), while “Love” is the score to a short film (also titled “A Walk with Love & Death”) and reveals the band embracing a more ambient, experimental sound.

A&R Music Bar

8 p.m. Saturday, July 29

391 Neil Ave., Arena District

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