Bardo's long-awaited album Ticket Crystals has been pushed back to the ominous date of June 6, 2006, but you can get this beast's number at a pre-apocalyptic showdown with fellow Terrastock droners the Major Stars. The band's website hints that a live mp3 of "Shadow Puppet" might give you a taste of the upcoming Bardo Pond album. If so, it's gonna be a heavy one, with dirgelike riffs; clattering, chaotic percussion; and Isobel keening like Janis Joplin's ghost over the top. For Synoptikon, Major Stars have upped their guitar count from two to three, the difference between awe and obliteration. Come with an open mind, and expect to vibrate for days afterward. (Jennifer Kelly)