Monotonix

The Tel Aviv trio performs its raw rock

A Monotonix show is not just a rock concert. Mind you, there will be more than the usual amount of rocking involved, but there will also be so much more. Mono-tonix, a guitar-drums-vocals outfit from Tel Aviv, rocks hard, with a stripped-down, raw-power approach that worships at the altar of classic rock heavy hitters like Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix without a trace of irony. These guys are rock and roll. But however monster their riffs might be, however huge their sound, what sets their live shows apart is their energized theatrics. Ami Shalev’s physically charged performances have drawn comparisons to icons like Iggy Pop. You’re likely to witness singer Shalev hanging from the rafters, shoved into a trash can or smothered in various substances. Also, watch out for Ran Shimony’s flaming drum kit, which you just might be asked to play while Shimony himself is hoisted into the air, riding his bass drum and still pounding away. Special happy hour show 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Proletariat, 903 Richmond. For information, call 713-523-1199 or visit www.the-proletariathouston.com. $5.
Fri., Nov. 9, 6-10 p.m., 2007
 
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