Rock & Pop

Violent Change

When: Sat., Sept. 13, 8 p.m. 2014

The Israeli rock band Monotonix performed more than 1,000 shows in five years before disbanding in 2011. By all accounts, most of them were pandemonium. In a video from one SXSW performance, the band is already in the audience when an opening riff elicits frenzied abandon. At one point, the vocalist stands on top of an elevated bass drum that’s moved around by the crowd. Monotonix was also renowned for its technical chops, thanks in no small part to its lead guitarist Yonatan Gat, who has since struck out on his own with a formidable string of releases. As equally indebted to 1960s psychedelia as to the era’s international pop, Gat’s recent releases feature pyrotechnic improvisation, virtuosic prowess, and skilled songcraft. Still committed to physically intense performance, Gat continues to rack up concert stats with two shows in one day on Saturday at The Knockout (3223 Mission St., San Francisco) and Awaken Cafe (1429 Broadway, Oakland).

Sam Lefebvre

Price: $7-$8

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