Tel Aviv power rockers Monotonix are not celebrated for their albums. Just like previous efforts, last month’s Steve Albini-produced Not Yet blends hookless shouting with self-indulgent guitar riffs, and the result sounds like an unsuccessful MC5-Led Zeppelin hybrid. But live, the trio compensates with pure spectacle. Singer Avi Shalev often leaps into the crowd and pours beer on himself and fans; guitarist Yonatan Gat usually ditches the stage and plays among the audience. When he’s not surfing the crowd with his drums—keeping beat all the while—Haggai Fershtman sets his sticks and sometimes his whole kit on fire. It’s not uncommon for promoters or police to restrain Monotonix, so it’ll be interesting to see what the band can get away with at a family-friendly pizza place in upper Northwest.
MONOTONIX PERFORMS WITH FEDERATION X AND PUJOL AT 10:30 P.M. AT COMET PING PONG, 5037 CONNECTICUT AVE. NW. $12. (202) 364-0404.