LIVE: The Sword / Big Business @ Upstate Concert Hall, 2/25/14

Kyle Shutt (left) and J.D. Cornise of The Sword

Kyle Shutt (left) and J.D. Cornise of The Sword

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Sci-fi stoner band the Sword hit the crowd with a never-ending barrage of heavy riffage during their show at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park last week, fueled by the churning guitars of J.D. Cronise and Kyle Shutt.

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But the L.A. trio Big Business, playing after openers O’Brother, may have stolen the show with their complex, intuitive brand of sludge rock. The bombastic band – whose bassist-vocalist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis have also played with sludge masters the Melvins – mocked the whole concept of fan VIP treatment by giving one lucky concert-goer a prime seat on a stool center stage, cordoned off by a red velvet rope, where she played along with enthusiastic, head-banging abandon.

A VIP fan during Big BusinessA VIP fan during Big Business

A VIP fan during Big Business

Jared Warren of Big Business and fan

Jared Warren of Big Business and fan

Scott Martin of Big Business

Scott Martin of Big Business

Bryan Richie of The Sword

Bryan Richie of The Sword

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