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Tel Aviv, Israel, isn’t exactly known as a font of rock ’n’ roll. But garage trio Monotonix, with its firebrand musicality and audacious stage show, is busting ass to change that. The band is quickly becoming an underground darling, having opened for the likes of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and the Silver Jews both stateside and in Europe. The Monotonix sound recalls fuzzbox forbears Blue Cheer and ’90s noiseniks Royal Trux, only several times more rambunctious. Vocalist Ami Shalev is truly an electrifying frontman; any given gig might find him dangling from the rafters or freaking out in (and with) the crowd. Competing in intensity is drummer Ran Shimoni, who bashes (and, occasionally, sets fire to) his kit while standing up, and guitarist Yonatan Gat, a veteran of the Israeli punk scene. Still, the group’s lack of restraint belies a sonic sensibility that could be called catchy. Once your ears stop ringing, that is. Monotonix performs with the Death Set at 9:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10. (202) 483-5000.