When the music is as unbridled as the kind Mendoza and her trio Unnatural Ways create, the louder the better. Unlike Mendoza's blues-meets-noise solo work, her trio — Nick Tamburro on drums and Dominique Leone on synths — lightens the mood. "Unnatural Ways is a party band for weird people," Mendoza said. It's weird for sure, in a thrashy, psychedelic, Captain Beefheart kinda way.
Catch Unnatural Ways at its last second-Sunday residency on Sunday, January 13 at Bar 355 before it heads to Europe for a five-week tour. 7 p.m., free.