Editors' pick

The Psychic Paramount

Rock
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Editorial Review

As the concert calendar starts to dry up entering the holiday season, here’s a show that happily hits every box on our checklist. Cool band? New York instrumental rock trio Psychic Paramount creates a towering blast of noisy, psychedelic mayhem, preferring a relentless onslaught as opposed to the quiet-loud interplay that many of its vocal-free peers favor. Cool venue? American University’s Kay Chapel hosts the band. A show like this would usually be in the building’s basement, but a bigger room is needed for the band’s smoke machine (bonus cool). And then there’s the price — free. Which makes all the rest a bonus.