Writer-singer John S. Hall is the mastermind behind King Missile, the often-brilliant New York City band who married his cleverly absurd lyrics with supremely catchy indie-rock melodies on such tunes as “Jesus Was Way Cool,” “My Heart Is a Flower,” “Martin Scorsese” and the hit song “Detachable Penis.” Although Hall no longer tours with the classic lineups of the group from the 1980s and ’90s, he formed a new version, King Missile IV, with Azalia Snail and Dan West from the local pop duo LoveyDove. In 2015, the trio’s EP, This Fuckin’ Guy, showcased Hall’s sardonic observations as the grouchy title character who complains about riding his bike in traffic when he’s not reluctantly marveling over the beauty of nature (“It’s just a fucking sun dropping below the fucking horizon”). They perform at a mid-afternoon show with Frieda’s Roses and Where’s Agatha.
The Hi Hat, 5043 York Blvd., Highland Park; Sun., June 30, 3 p.m.; $10. hihat.la.
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