Last year, the Brooklyn-based “performance art” garage-pop duo Japanther inspired quite a mini-riot at Lincoln Center’s Rock and Roll Circus, when two fans whipped the audience into a crowd-surfing, elbow-throwing frenzy. They got through three songs. Japanther’s music, by itself, though, is not the sort of thing that seems to lend itself to convulsive spasms. On the contrary, their most recent album, 2011’s Beets, Limes, and Rice, is chock-full of catchy, lo-fi rawk nuggets that owe more of a debt to the counterculture music of the ’60s than the hardcore calls to arms most often associated with moshing. So the magic ingredient must have something to do with vocalist-bassist Matt Reilly’s untamed mane or the way his yelping meshes with drummer Ian Vanek’s beat-crashing antics that just makes people lose control. With Ninjasonik and Slam Donahue.
Tue., Nov. 27, 8 p.m., 2012

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