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Pig Heart Transplant 

When: Sat., July 25, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $8
TheNightLightOakland.com
As one half of the long-running and rather adventurous hardcore duo Iron Lung, Jon Kortland is accustomed to approaching oppressive, mean-spirited music with great care. Tempos like that require precision, lest the music risk incoherence. The same exacting ferocity informs Kortland’s work as Pig Heart Transplant, only the instrumental palette skews industrial and the tempos more often assume a martial pace, as opposed to Iron Lung’s guitar, noise, and drums configuration. On last year’s For Mass Consumption, Kortland might have arrived at Pig Heart Transplant’s apex. The specs sound surgical: Twenty-seven tracks, each clocking in at 44 seconds and bearing a four-letter word for a song title. Misanthropy is the spiritual core here, not unlike the sort of uncompromising doom peddled by The Body, but there’s an appealingly rigorous methodology to all the bad vibes. Pig Heart Transplant performs on Saturday at the Night Light (311 Broadway, Oakland).
— Sam Lefebvre

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