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Critic's Choice

Lake Trout bewildered audiences full of jam-band fans when it asked Marky Ramone and Jerry Only of the Misfits to join the band in a performance at Relix Magazine's Jammy Awards in New York last year. The Baltimore five-piece has been named as a co-conspirator in the electro-jam movement, along with groups like the Disco Biscuits and Sector 9, but Lake Trout explores much darker territory -- depths that most of its peers lack the sensibility or courage to wade into. With the band's power situated in the inhuman drumming of Michael Lowery and the imposing bass of James Griffith, Lake Trout's live drum-and-bass proclivity is tempered by the articulate placement of flute, saxophone, loops and samples. As captured in Alone at Last, Trout's new live CD, ambient textural passages betray a fondness for collage artists like DJ Shadow but regularly ratchet downward in a spiral of industrial-fueled aggression. When the band appears at the Bluebird Theater on Thursday, March 14, it will leave genre labeling behind.