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I hated this band the minute I first heard it. Yup, hated it. Hedersleben was all prog-rock, opaque confusion; thinking man's rock. It was worse than Emerson, Lake and Palmer. But I kept listening and was pleasantly surprised as the band ramped up the energy into Edgar Winter territory. It was then that I went back to the passages I hated and re-discovered what Hedersleben truly was: a dramatic, beautifully orchestrated journey to the center of the mind. There's some pedigree in this outfit as well. The San Francisco-based band was formed by UK Subs guitarist Nicky Garratt. Spaced out and cool. Give it a shot and you'll find Hedersleben, though at times a bit confusing, gets in your head and stays there.

Hedersleben opens for Hawkwind on Friday, October 27, at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Avenue. 9 p.m. $10-$13. bugjar.com; hedersleben.bandcamp.com.

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