It’s almost as if someone dropped a pile of sheet music before Moon Hooch — dub-step, hard rock and jazz songs among the flurry — and then locked the trio up with two saxophones and a drum kit to coalesce a new genre. The energy and sheer lung power of Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen allow for untamed instrumental effects (elephant sounds, speeding cars and Chewbacca, to name a few) that are delivered with expert timing. Drummer James Muschler, meanwhile, keeps songs danceable and he, too, seems to thrive while blending precision and lawlessness. Maybe these musicians really are sourcing their hooch from outer space, and we’d all benefit from a sip. METAL opens for the band at The Mothlight on Tuesday, March 1, at 9 p.m. $10/12. themothlight.com. Photo by Shervin Lainez
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