Animated Rock 

Maldroid at Ashkenaz.

Since 2000, the Oakland-based Phenomenauts have stuffed high-energy pop-punk and rockabilly in a campy sci-fi package. The band's five members don homemade spacesuits and wield futuristic props, placing as much emphasis on theatrics as on melodies. When Oakland pop-rock band Maldroid formed last year, it took a few cues from its astral friends. Maldroid's trademark brown suits rarely come off, and its obsession with robots fuels a recurring artistic motif. Its live show is a giddy, goofy spectacle that's heavy on hooks and eye candy. Put the two together at Ashkenaz on Friday the 13th, along with fellow local acts the Struts and the Del Lames, and you have a guaranteed sensory overload. 8:30 p.m., $10-$12.


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