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Yonatan Gat

Yonatan Gat

Yonatan Gat, Yip Deceiver, Tim Midyett 

When: Tue., June 3, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $10
New York-based singer-songwriter Yonatan Gat is best known as the guitarist of Monotonix, a ragged and rowdy Israeli garage group that broke up in 2011—look on YouTube and you’ll find video from a show in Tennessee where the front man set the drummer’s cymbals on fire. I first heard Gat in 2003, before he ever made it stateside—he was playing bass and singing in a goofy pop-punk band called Punkache, which I saw on my last night in Israel (I spent three months of high school there, including part of a summer volunteering on a kibbutz). I have a sentimental attachment to Punkache, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate Gat’s subsequent evolution as a songwriter: his new EP, Iberian Passage (Joyful Noise), is a stew of Brazilian psych, pan-African rock, explosive punk, and outre lo-fi indie. Gat leads you through his music’s many changes with guitar playing so wildly inventive and freewheeling that it sounds like he’s making it up as he goes the whole time. And when he dials down the avant-gardisms, his songs can be hypnotic—on “Bordeo” he talk-sings over a tropical guitar melody that’s as tranquil as palm trees swaying in the breeze. —Leor Galil

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