A little bit of this and some of that, Mel Gibson and the Pants is a band tangled in genres. Blips of some of your favorite local groups, from hip-hop, electronic, and rock genres, are audible in between the mash-ups, largely due to the fact that most of the Pants' members have connections to other TC bands like Digitata and Doomtree. With a name that inspires curious mental pictures, MG and the Pants' music turns your senses nearly as much, poking and prodding you with a million and a half electronic beats, all leap-frogging between live guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard. As much a mess as that could conjure, MG and the Pants know how to braid it all into a stellar package. Their latest release, Sea vs. Shining Sea, came out last year, and, fingers crossed, they'll have some surprise newbies for this summer. With Crescent Moon Is in Big Trouble, City on the Make. 21+.
Sat., July 26, 9 p.m., 2008