Artist: Priestess Track: "Lay Down" Album: Hello Master (2006) Listen

About the music Oh, that stark, one-word name implying the occult is such a perfect one for this band of intimidating Canadians. What a fun, rockin' bunch these guys are, with a metal sound that even your casual music pals can get behind.

Why to know it So you make sure to show up early to the Mastodon show this Thursday at the Newport Music Hall. [Chris DeVille preview] Don't get all hip and show at half-past 11, because you'll miss one of the best openers to roll through town this year.

They headlined Little Brother's last year, and the show was amazing. Me and about 10 others got rocked to the max.