The Fleshtones

6 p.m. Saturday, November 6. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

The Fleshtones turned out to be the most prolific and durable band to emerge out of New York's CBGB scene. The group defines the essence of garage rock: It's primal, groove-based, murky and more than a little unhinged. Peter Zaremba sings like a rockabilly zombie and plays the Farfisa like a speed-freaking Captain Nemo, while founder Keith Streng can make his guitar sound like a sitar, a siren, a chain saw and a rat in heat — sometimes all at once. The band's rhythm section is implacable and supple, handling horn-crazed rhythm and blues and the densest psychedelic trips and making even the silliest of go-go ghoul themes sound weirdly timeless. There could be no better band to close out a rock & roll showcase called Beat 'n' Soul.

 
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