With their towering beehive hairdos, go-go boots and matching vintage dresses, The Surfrajettes are one of the more visually stylish groups around — a surf-instrumental equivalent to Detroit garage-rockers Gore Gore Girls. But the Toronto quartet also play with more nuance, groove and musical inventiveness than more strictly retro surf combos. Guitarists Nicole Damoff’s and Shermy Freeman’s sparkling, intertwined tendrils of melody unlock the noir-ish and shadowy mystery lurking deep inside Britney Spears’ “Toxic” as bassist Sarah Butler and drummer Anna Liebel propel and transform the fizzy pop tune with an insidiously catchy beat. As part of their national tour, The Surfrajettes alight at the annual Surf Guitar 101 convention, which this year is stacked with such ace surf bands as Seattle’s Boss Martians and L.A.’s redoubtable Insect Surfers, a psychedelically tinged group celebrating their fourth decade in show business. Plus, Evan Foster, The Pyronauts, Los Tiki Phantoms, Jason Lee & the R.I.P.Tides, Los Freneticos, The Delstroyers, The New Waves, Thee Swank Bastards, and Trabants. The Surfrajettes also play at Pappy & Harriet’s on Thurs., Aug. 1; and at La Santa in Santa Ana on Fri., Aug. 2.
Alpine Village, 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance; Sat., Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-midnight; all ages. (310) 327-4384, https://surfguitar101.com.