America is a little behind Japan in terms of high-tech gadgets, automobiles, video games and, heck, even karaoke bars. Then again, we're leading the garage-rock scene, which native Tokyo garage trio Electric Eel Shock took notice of after their inaugural U.S. tour back in 1999. So the three-piece moved to the States soon thereafter and has been touring consistently ever since. Today at the Back Room, the band will be pushing material from its latest, Beat Me, with a sound that brings to mind Sabbath, Nirvana and Queens of the Stone Age. Their live show is energetic, to say the least: Guitarist-vocalist Aki Morimoto and bassist Kazuto Maekawa crank it up to 11, and by show's end, the frenzied drummer Tomoharu "Gian" Ito is barely clothed. Feel the Eel at 8 p.m.
Thu., June 22, 8 p.m.
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