The Gun Club epitomized Los Angeles' early-'80s, postpunk vortex, and while the band's lurid, posthumous mystique centers on late singer Jeffrey Lee Pierce, guitarist Ward Dotson (featured on their first two albums) was co-architect of the band's jittery, provocative trashbeat sound. A brilliant yet low-key visionary, Dotson rocked on with his Pontiac Brothers and Liquor Giants but had completely dropped out of sight by the century's turn. His recent re-emergence as one third of Golden Sombrero (along with former Pontiac Brothers cohort Steve K. and jazz-informed trapsman Charles Maxey) finds Dotson exorcising a fixation with late-'50s/early-'60s pop, and the band chews through the classic material with an exhilarating mixture of deliberate relish and slightly demented, garage-rock glee. They don't take any of it too seriously, except the degree of pleasure it brings, and the results are invariably thrilling.

Fri., July 18, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 07/18/14)

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