Prior to EDM boogied dance-punk. Or rather, before ravers patented the MDA convulse and stopped shimmying, millennials like Sacramento sextet !!! (pronounced “chk chk chk” in Khoisan) mashed up synth, brass, and mad moves (“dance, punk, crunk, jerk”). Over 18 years, the Cali capitalists have survived tomfoolery (“Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard”) and tragedy – original drummer Mikel Gius was killed on his bicycle – to arrive at April’s Thr!!!er, the band’s fifth LP. Centerpiece “Slyd” takes Wham to Ibiza, while “One Girl/One Boy” astutely updates Chic’s “Good Times” for a new era of disco. Houston pop troupe Wild Moccasins spins its own disc, 88 92.– Raoul Hernandez
Slide guitar cannonball.