Music News & Reviews

Yonatan Gat invades Cellar Door

9:30 p.m. Friday, March 27 / The Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St., Visalia / $10 / (559) 636-9463,

Yonatan Gat is avante-garde. The Israel-born guitarist was part of the punk trio Monotonix, which was infamous for live performances that were a sweaty mess of noise and bodies, thrown thrash and fire. The band played 1,000 shows in its five-year run.

As a solo artist, Gat tempers the punk angst with free-jazz freakouts and world-music sounds — from Chicano rock to Afro-Brazilian soul and Middle Eastern surf-rock. Still, his current project — with bassist Sergio Sayeg and drummer Gal Lazer — pushes the boundaries of the band-audience relationship, eschewing the stage and setting up amongst the crowd.

Australian garage rockers Gooch Palms and local punk band It’ll Grow Back open the show.