When: Wed., July 20, 9 p.m. 2016
Chris Shaw of Ex-Cult is no Iggy Pop when it comes to shouting into a microphone, but when he and the rest of his skuzzy pals in Goggs kick into overdrive halfway through “Falling In”—accented by a well-articulated howl—they do a pretty good job at summoning the throttling power of vintage Stooges. Alongside Shaw the nonstop Ty Segall, a guy who clearly can’t sit still, and Charles Moothart—who plays in Fuzz with Segall—switch between guitars and drums as the trio pushes deep into the red (natch, the eponymous debut was released by In the Red). Cory Hanson of Wand and Mikal Cronin lend some help, but little can penetrate the snarling, unhinged blast of primal punk kicked out by the threesome. What sets Goggs and so many Segall projects apart from the daily profusion of grimy rockers is that the music swings, hurtling, spewing, and belching with an undeniable buoyancy. The songs are mostly afterthoughts, but nobody will really bother parsing details when the rush of power throws them against the wall.