MONDAY

Although there are plenty of indie bands that do nothing but crank out nostalgic garage rock, it seems as if do-it-yourselfers rarely fuse pre-Beatles rock ‘n’ roll with more traditional punk-rock influences. And though the Fab Four did mark the beginning of modern rock—given that they were the first self-contained pop group—that leaves a significant chunk of the past largely untapped. Direct and efficient, Quix*o*tic references the entirety of rock history, paying special attention to its nascent years: The trio—Christina Billotte, Mira Billotte, and Brendan Majewski—explores the chromaticism of surf rock and the sugary soul of Motown (the band covers Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “What’s So Good About Goodbye”), via the Fugs’ simplicity, the Cramps’ lugubriousness, and Wire’s art-school posturing. On Quix*o*tic’s full-length, Night for Day, the busy guitars and girl/guy vocals drive the spare songs, leaving the bass and drums to follow and punctuate. Which means the trio’s music is rarely as rhythmically propulsive as Christina Billotte’s previous bands (Slant 6 and Autoclave). But Quix*o*tic makes up for what it lacks in thrust with quirky, timeless tunes. The band plays with Get Hussle at 9 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Brent Burton)