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At the end of its tour, Particle is still on fire

Be prepared to attain liftoff when you catch a Particle show. The group has been tearing up the jam-band circuit this year -- from a predawn, four-hour show at the Bonnaroo Festival to jamming with Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band at Berkfest in Great Barrington.

From Bonnaroo to Berkfest and now the Paradise, the Los Angeles-based band has been igniting venues with instrumental-based jams that build in intensity during the course of 20-minute songs that come at you like a pile driver.

Particle, a band that seemingly never sleeps, finished its latest national tour with a ferociously high-energy, mind-expanding show at the Paradise. The group played two long sets, each with pscyhedelic original songs and select covers, from Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie" (keyed by guitarist Charlie Hitchcock's primal riffs and the funk bass of Eric Gould, a Northboro native whose family was in attendance) to Aerosmith's "Last Child," which went through every hard rock/metal permutation imaginable. This is definitely a jam band that A-smith's Joe Perry would love.

Even without vocals, the four-piece Particle commanded attention through sheer energy and turn-on-a-dime excitement. Original songs such as "Cyclops Suzie," "Loose Caboose," and the aptly titled "Elevator" and "Make it Real" conveyed an honest, purely musical framework that incorporated Santana-like Latin rock and a techno spirit infused by Steve Molitz on his analog synths. The group won't release its official debut studio album until early next year (produced by Tom Rothrock, who also worked with Coldplay and Beck), but already Particle is staking its claim as an unbeatable jam band in concert.

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