The results are fascinating, especially this second time around: the insistent rhythmic throb is still there from the first record, but Grinderman 2 (Mute) is far more diverse, with moments of hazy bliss ("When My Baby Comes"), almost-pop glisten ("Palaces of Montezuma"), and forlorn psychedelia ("Bellringer Blues") mixed in with the usual head thumping. "Grinderman isn't really in control of the outcome — we kind of go off," says Cave. Which, in a way, sounds like the farthest thing from any kind of crisis. "This band is all about going back to something that's more . . . simple and raw. When it came to doing this band, it was a bit of a no-brainer . . . in more ways than one."

GRINDERMAN + ARMEN RA | House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston | November 13 at 6 pm | all ages | $25 | 888.693.2583 or 

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