Fri., May 31, Chk Chk Chk
Cesar Chavez Plaza, 5 p.m., no cover
Dance-punk fixture Chk Chk Chk (a.k.a. !!!) is so talented and enduring that the group transcends genre and simply sounds like Chk Chk Chk. The palpitating funk rhythms remain in place from its self-titled 2001 debut. Around them swirl traces of jazz, worldbeat, prog rock, post rock and punk as if pulverized, aerated and exhaled over jittery beats. Last month, Chk Chk Chk released its fifth album, Thr!!!er—its most soulful and subtly crafted effort to date. From the bubbly R&B tune “One Girl/One Boy” to the smoky, new-wave tinged “Fine Fine Fine” and the lusciously jam-heavy “Californiyeah,” the album is simultaneously immediately catchy and a “grower” that reveals additional layers with each listen. 910 I Street, www.chkchkchk.net.