Vermont's King Tuff opens for Wavves on Wednesday.
In a goofy way, Wavves’ Nathan Williams seems like the dependable, seasoned old-timer among this stacked, tri-coastal scuzz-rock triple bill, even though both of his tourmates have actually been kicking around a bit longer. Maybe because he’s shown the most signs of “maturing” beyond his (admittedly pretty puerile) blazed, beach-dis-sing skate-scum origins — the San Diegan’s recent Mom + Pop bow, Afraid of Heights, ups the fi once again and stands as his most presentable, earnest slab of grunge revivalism to date. Florida trio Jacuzzi Boys followed a similarly slicked-up trajectory (relatively speaking) for their self-titled third long-player on Hardly Art — their last album was called Glazin’, but that title feels a little more applicable here — but their slack, surfy fuzz-pop still retains a certain Neanderthalish thump despite the occasional baroque trumpet or glockenspiel. As for Vermont’s Kyle Thomas — his (self-appointed) majesty King Tuff — he flexed some stadium-worthy glam and power-pop moves on last year’s triumphant, eponymous breakout, but 2008’s excellent Was Dead (recently reissued on Burger) proves he and his drooling guitar can be just as credibly royal in scrappier surroundings, and just as much freaky, endearing fun.
Wed., Oct. 2, 8 p.m., $17, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 866-468-7619, r5productions.com.
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