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Frankie & the Witch Fingers’ latest full-length record, Zam, is one of the freakier releases of 2019. While many other bands get stuck in a formalist and retro garage-rock rut, the local quartet open up their sonic range into far more expansive psychedelic territory, mixing hard-rock thunder and jazzy experimentation into their guitar-heavy opuses. The title track is an eight-minute-plus rambling wreck that hurtles along the highway at a punk tempo, but it’s powered with a metallic attack. Other songs range from the sludgy grunge of “Cobwebs” and the indie-rock drive of “Dark Sorcerer,” which betrays hints of Syd Barrett oddness. Out of the storm of dizzying guitars emerges a relatively straightforward garage-rock curio, the jangling (but still rhythmically insistent) “Purple Velvet.” With Kevin and Perfection.

Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Drive, L.A.; Sat., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; $15; ages 21 & over. (323) 663-6927, www.eventbrite.com/e/frankie-the-witch-fingers-kevin-perfection-tickets-77170831033.