Band: Yonatan Gat
Date: Saturday, March 10, 9 p.m.
Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., www.themerrywidow.net
Tickets: $10 in advance/$12 day of show; available through Ticketfly
Guitarist Yonatan Gat earned worldwide notoriety as a founding member of the raucous Israeli garage rock outfit Monotonix. After six years the band’s members decided to part ways, and thus began Yat’s solo career.
Since relocating to New York City, this fiery string master’s raw, primal rock style has been lauded by The New York Times, Vice and The Village Voice, which declared him “Best Guitarist in New York” in 2013. Gat is no stranger to the Azalea City, and his adrenalized, sometimes improvised local shows have been legendary.
In his most recent album, the 2015 release “Director,” Gat takes on the musical persona of a schizophrenic Dick Dale working his way through an introduction to acid. Gat uses the 11 cuts on this album to establish a psychedelic world of surf rock on the edge of madness. From the ominous string-plucks of “Canal” to the relentless beats of “Gibraltar,” Gat set new standards for surf rock.