Preview: Baroness at Ace of Cups

From the April 19, 2012 edition

Baroness continues to span the color spectrum. In the wake of “Red Album” and “Blue Record,” the Georgia heavy hitters will return this summer with the as-yet-unheard “Yellow & Green.” The gimmick with the various hues works not so much because of some vast diversity between the albums — I can’t distinguish between “Red”- and “Blue”-era tracks — but because Baroness paints so vividly in a genre that often comes off black as midnight. John Baizley’s angry ogre routine sounds downright enlightened against a backdrop saturated with harmony and Southern swagger. They are the proverbial breath of fresh air, and they will blow you down.

Royal Thunder opens Wednesday’s show.