Even if its partially true, Californias BellRays the core of which is the married duo of singer Lisa Kekaula and guitarist Bob Vennum hate, hate, hate it when you say theyre like the MC5 fronted by Tina Turner. Fair enough, since their furious and delectable garage-rock n soul is infused with the grit, hooks, and passion of so many other classic acts from the annals of punk, Motown, and 70s arena-rock. Too many to name here, but whats important is: 1. That the quartet has distilled those influences into a sound and vibe they can rightfully call their own; and 2. Theyre one of the most blazing, swaggering, soulful live acts youll ever experience, as Kekaulas enormous fro and even bigger voice tangles with Vennums explosive riffs and the rhythm sections righteous wallop to kick out the jams in a way thats simply the best.
Sun., May 3, 8 p.m., 2009