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Monotonix, The Thermals, Past Lives, Bellafea 

When: Tue., April 13, 8:30 p.m. 2010
Price: $12-$14

Hirsute Isreali garage rocker trio Monotonix don't just play music—they make you experience it. It's not that they have a great stage show so much as a great crowd show, since that's where they spend most of their time. Drummer Haggai Fershtman likes to crowd-surf his kit, playing it from atop his bass drum. Yonatan Get's guitar is thick and darkly scabrous, like something Stooges guitarist James Williamson flushed while recording Raw Power. Singer Ami Shalev's performances are so incendiary, the band brings a six-pack of carbon tetrachloride on stage lest he spontaneously combust. Headliners in their own right, The Thermals make some of the best intelligent, hook-lined punk around. The animated melodies recall GBV or The Jam, and the arrangements strike sharply like This Year's Model-era Elvis Costello. Local openers Bellafea make knotty, barbed rock that writhes with impelling urgency. Also, Past Lives. —Chris Parker

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