Poised at the intersection of country and rock, Memphis trio Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre conjure the outlaw cow-punk spirit of the Supersuckers. Guitars frequently race like muscle cars with rockabilly verve, steered by caustic wit and amphetamine rhythms. Like the Suckers, theres cheeky humor (Cum Stains on the Pillow), references to debts owed to the devil and a surfeit of in-your-face attitude, most evident on tracks like the psych-funk Jerk You off My Mind and the twangy Quittin Time, which opens Sitting round the house smoking grass / Thinking all the ways to tell my boss to kiss my ass. The musics loose and ragged, fueled by itinerant tempos alternating between haunted, crawling ballads, freewheeling folk jangle and breakneck psychobilly/punk. Theyre joined by a revolving cast of players (outside the core trio) whove helped them fashion a pair of albums and the recent Tater Twats EP.
Mon., Jan. 4, 9 p.m., 2010