As if there wasnt enough of the Troggs crushing riffs and junkyard stomp in Thee Oh Sees new album Help, Meat Step Lively features a bout of wavering flute. Yes, just like in Wild Thing. But thats not to say John Dwyers ever-shifting San Francisco band once known as OCS doesnt put its own surreal stamp on battered garage and bristling psych. Much more loaded with pop melodies and boy-girl harmonies than last years fierce The Masters Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In, the In The Red-released Help could almost be cuddly enough to score a crossover hit with folks who dont know Vivian Girls from Black Lips. Touring with Jay Reatard cant hurt either. When Reatards energized legions of fans show up to hear a preview of his upcoming platter Watch Me Fall due August 18 on Matador they may instead get a mouthful of overripe, effects-streaked delirium that easily does its heady forebears proud. With Idle Times.
Mon., June 15, 8 p.m., 2009