Lead singer Otep Shamaya belts out a tortured combination of fairly adept growls and powerful bluesy vocals, like Chrissie Hynde channeling the Dark Lord. Matching this sonic dichotomy, Otep favors visuals that split its efforts between making her appear demonically possessed and like a hard-rock pinup girl. Such seeming incongruity should come as no surprise to fans. Even while she sings about torture, death, and angst, Shamaya champions many social causes, from LGBT rights and PETA to the self-esteem issues faced by young women. Lately, Otep has been softening just enough to keep things interesting, tossing the occasional semiballad and atmospheric piece into the band's usual mix of punishment and abuse.
Tue., July 5, 6:30 p.m., 2011