Boatzz, "Mexican Bourgeois" (myspace.com/boatzz)
This sounds like the Walkmen with more hip swerve. The quartet's tale of life on the lam explores that late-'60s intersection of acid rock and garage, Hammond organ blaring over intermittent blasts of wah. "Outlaws turned to Mexican bourgeois," they sing, as broad, colorful sonics shadow a slinky rhythm.
Boatzz, with the Stills and Rogue Wave. Friday, June 16, at the Grog Shop. With Tall Pines, Saturday, June 17, at the Happy Dog.
Interfuse, "My That's a Very Fine Handbag" (myspace.com/interfuse)
The taut, scabrous, post-punk guitar with a sinewy bass line and a couple of noisy breakouts might remind you of Fugazi, but the appropriate touchstone is Mission of Burma. Dark, dispassionate, punkish buzz with nice traded boy/girl vocals and a cynical bite ("I'd like to help you but I've got to go").
Interfuse. Saturday, June 17. At Rock the Park, Tadmoor Pavilion, Akron (day); with C.D. Truth and the New Lou Reeds, at the Lime Spider (evening).
Chris Allen, "Tilt A Whirl" (myspace.com/chrisallen1)
The former Rosavelt frontman teamed with Mitch Easter and Don Dixon for his new album, Goodbye Girl and Big Apple Circus, and you can hear it in this big, jangly rocker. It's reminiscent of Graham Parker's "Mercury Poisoning," but with his bar-band soul given a country-rock ring. This is twice as good as half the stuff on a Ryan Adams album.
Chris Allen CD-release party. Saturday, June 17, at the House of Blues Cambridge Room.
Tower City Amphitheater, May 29
Their greasy countrybilly twang sparks enough heat to sweat last night's debauchery out of you. They have a sense of humor too, like when they rip through a countrified take on the Dead Kennedys' paean to slumlords, "Let's Lynch the Landlord." The band favors jeans, cowboy hats, and service-station shirts, while lead guitarist Bobby Lanphier wears the obligatory shades. When he nonchalantly shreds his barb-tailed riffs, it's like he's channeling the Supersuckers' Ron Heathman. Most attention, though, goes to singer Greg Miller, who clowns and mugs for the microphone as he leads the quintet through clever tunes about ironic trucker hats and hanging with Jesus in Vegas.
Whiskey Daredevils, with Sounder and Barnyard Burlesque. Saturday, June 17, at the Grog Shop.