Live Tonight: Melt Banana, Wavves, Eugenie Jones

Melt Banana The shred levels are absolutely off the charts for this show tonight, which is code for “You should definitely attend.” Since the early ’90s, Melt Banana has been making laser and siren sounds with its guitars on top of a thick layer of punky grindcore and vocalist Yasuko O’s shrieks. The group’s new album, Fetch, is a 1000-bpm clustercuss that sounds like a Gundam ascending into the sky to charge up its destructo-beams. (Fans of Lightning Bolt, take note.) Joining Melt Banana are locals Kinski and Monogamy Party, who deal in their own unique kinds of din. Kinski takes things the grungier route, belting out classic riffs of a triumphant Northwestern heaviness that will make you want to hike to the top of a mountain and plant a flag. Monogamy Party, on the other hand, is anything but triumphant, cranking out maelstroms of diseased guitar and bruise-inducing bass riffage while Kennedy Carda screams things like “OH I MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE!”—as he does on the band’s new album, False Dancers. It’s a unique kind of terror, one that you can revel in as it punches you in the face. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $15. 21 and over. KELTON SEARS

Wavves This triple bill offers three takes on scuzzy garage-rock. Headlining is Wavves, the bratty surf-pop project of music-blog firebrand Nathan Williams; rounding out the undercard is Hardly Art–signed Miami punks Jacuzzi Boys. The best bet, however, is King Tuff, whose schmaltzy classic-rock throwbacks are even more overblown live. The Neptune. 8 p.m. $19.50. All ages. ANDREW GOSPE

Eugenie Jones Hearing Eugenie Jones sing, it becomes almost impossible to believe she’s been doing it professionally for only two years. The businesswoman turned jazz chanteuse, who as a child sang in the church choir her father directed, has so much control over her voice, handling both high and low notes with immense care, that she’s nothing short of a seasoned pro. New Orleans Restaurant. 7 p.m. (tonight; through Sat. at other venues). Free. AZARIA C. PODPLESKY

Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Cuban jazz percussionist Dafnis Prieto is how little energy he expends while playing. His drumming is polyrhythmic, nuanced, and incredibly complex, but from the chest up he looks like he could be watching TV. This is a performance with his Si o Si Quartet. PONCHO Concert Hall. 8 p.m. $22. All ages. AG

Evan Flory-Barnes is one of the city’s most talented musicians, and observing him magically pluck insane rhythms on his upright bass with his eyes closed is a joy, even if you don’t have your head in the jazz world. Seamonster Lounge. 10 p.m. Free. 21 and over. KS

Phantogram Ethereal vocals, synthy production, and great vibes make this duo’s live show feel like you’re in the midst of a dreamy, drug-induced coma even if you haven’t taken mind-altering substances (though doing so would add to the experience). To sum it up: fuzzy dance beats like whoa. With Giraffage. Showbox at the Market. 8 p.m. SOLD OUT. All ages/bar with ID. KEEGAN PROSSER

James McMurtry Few writers capture the losses and triumphs of life in the middle states as well as James McMurtry does in his songs—like his meth-fueled, incestuous moonshining epic “Choctaw Bingo,” which you should listen to right now, and which belongs in any anthology attempting to capture the modern American experience. With Gerald Collier. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $20. DANIEL PERSON

 
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