Among metal fans, Kylesa has been a somewhat polarizing band: Some feel the Savannah, Georgia outfit marries sludge and accessibility in a supremely satisfying way; others feel it's overrated, underwhelming, and just another example of "hipster metal." Ultimately, however, Kylesa may be best appreciated as a heavy band that non-metal folks can really get into -- and that's not a knock (in my book). It's got psychedelic tendencies; two vocalists (one male, one female), neither of whom veer into obnoxious territory; two drummers (if you really like textural thudding); and hooks that are heavy but not alienating. Kylesa's new album, Ultraviolet (out May 28), doesn't stray from the band's earlier sound, but does expand upon it: Singer Laura Pleasants' vocals are more present and ethereal, and songs occasionally explore droney, space-rock territory. There are still mid-tempo headbanging numbers for stoners who dig that, too. Kylesa fans won't be disappointed -- and neither will their non-metal friends. At Slim's (333 11th St., San Francisco) on Saturday, May 25. 8 p.m., $16. SlimsPresents.com$16
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