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North Carolina’s Between the Buried and Me is a prog-metal band in the most time-honored sense of the word “prog.” The group does nothing subtly; Why write a simple four-minute song when it could be extended to 10 minutes by throwing in snippets of every musical genre imaginable? (Why yes, that is in fact a country & western hoedown in their popular song “Ants of the Sky.”) This approach has doomed many bands, but Between the Buried’s best songs evoke a sense of epic scope and grandeur while maintaining an element of suspense. —Brandon Wu

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Between the Buried and Me performs with In Flames The 9:30 Club 815 V St. NW (202) 265-0930 6:30 p.m. $25.