When: Sat., Aug. 18, 10 p.m.
Joy on Fire set the mundane ablaze with their experimental amalgamation of modern jazz and heavy rock. The New Jersey-based trio pairs the sensual, melodic language of saxophone with the gritty low end of electric bass and thrashing percussion. While occasionally hypnotic and languid, the group’s instrumental works are also sharp and highly explosive. They seem to explore the concept of mounting tension and its inevitable release. Pressure builds in tightly arranged avant-garde compositions, only to reach a frothy boiling point. Joy on Fire perform two sets on Saturday, August 18, at Radio Bean in Burlington.