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Ty Segall has cranked out numerous hard rock, punk and psychedelic releases under his own name and with such projects as Fuzz and The CIA. What’s surprising about the guitar hero’s latest album, First Taste (Drag City), is that it was recorded without guitars. And yet it’s still aggressive and rocking, as Segall and his Freedom Band manage to make the combination of synthesizers and other keyboards, plus bass, drums, bouzouki and other instrumentation, sound sinister. There are laid-back moments, such as “The Arms” and “Ice Plant,” a trippy soundscape with a weave of a cappella voices, but overall First Taste is too energetic to be considered mellow. Segall opens his monthlong residency with performances of First Taste and his 2010 album, Melted. Openers Warm Drag are another group who manufacture sensual, darkly engrossing anti-rock without a single guitar.

The Teragram Ballroom, 1234 W. Seventh St., L.A.; Fri., July 26, 9 p.m.; $30. (213) 689-9100, www.teragramballroom.com.

LA Weekly