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Preview: Weed with High 

The bands are baked into the schedule at Sisters in Christ March 16

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On one hand, Weed frontman Will Anderson swears he doesn't partake in the devil's lettuce — he's never even touched the stuff, according to an interview last year with Noisey. On the other, he is the frontman of a band called Weed, performing this week in the regional onramp to Austin, Texas' South By Southwest with another band called High. That Weed (not to be confused with stoner-metal trio Weedeater, booked at Siberia on Tuesday) plays lightheaded, lo-fi grunge rock further clouds the matter: Running Back (Lefse), its current release, is precisely the kind of herbaceous soundtrack to which you could picture Eric Stoltz polishing off a box of Corn Pops while watching vintage cartoons. Throw in that the band is planted in Vancouver, B.C. — a pothead promised land where marijuana can be purchased from vending machines — and Anderson's comments couldn't smell skunkier if the native Wisconsinite had named his band Cheddar and claimed to be lactose-intolerant. None of this matters, of course; no substance is necessary to enjoy Running Back's hot-boxed reverb and peeling feedback meted out by the ounce. But as Jon Stewart circa 1998 would say, "Have you ever heard Weed ... on weed?" High opens. Tickets $5.

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