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OBN IIIS, Drug Yacht, Scanners 

When: Wed., April 27, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $8-$10


One of the more notable exports from an Austin garage-rock scene full of notable exports, the prolific, ambitious OBN IIIs earn acclaim for evoking mainstream seventies hard rock and basement punk at once. This band switches gears seamlessly.

On last year's Worth a Lot of Money, Orville Bateman Neeley III and his crew bounce easily from the loud, fast roar of "Trash Heap" into the more relaxed boogie of "4KD," with Neeley finding notes of Lee Ving's snarl and David Lee Roth's peppy "alright!" Delighting in the middle ground between the neo-hard rock of JEFF the Brotherhood or Diarrhea Planet and the gritty stuff of Jon Spencer, OBN IIIs present a sort of rock-lineage Rorschach test. Whether you hear the influence of Thin Lizzy or The Stooges, post-punk or R&B depends as much on you as them.

To wit, on the A-side of the band's latest seven-inch, "Rich Old White Men," the group merges driving arena-rock riffs with stinging post-punk squalls as a barking Neeley drags the song toward Fucked Up's expansive hardcore template. The B-side, "On the Verge of Collapse," rages with sharp punk riffs, martial drumming, and a hook that suggests Bad Religion and Ted Nugent.

Tonight, OBN IIIs share the bill with a pair of idiosyncratic locals. In the middle, Drug Yacht pastes jagged, lunging rock into a riff collage. The opening set introduces Scanners, a new band promising "pop songs with teeth" and including members of Natural Causes and the Mississippi-bred pop band Unwed Teenage Mothers. The shape-shifting rock of OBN IIIs is bound to fit right in. —Bryan C. Reed

THE PINHOOK, DURHAM 9 p.m., $8–$10, www.thepinhook.com

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