Music: String quartet rock with The Tet Offensive on Friday, June 5, at 8 PM

The Tet Offensive plays Best Video Performance Space on Friday, June . The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

The Tet Offensive at Best Video September, 2014.

The Tet Offensive at Best Video September, 2014.

Their self-description:

The Tet Offensive are a string quartet-powered rock band led by composer and singer Brian Robinson. I know that you just read a sentence that used the words “string quartet” and “composer” in them. And yet we’re still a rock band. We still cover the White Stripes and Soundgarden. We’ve playing the Knitting Factory and CBGBs.

We still play rock music despite the contemporary notion that string quartets are a part of the classical music world, and that composers are brooding and effete loners with sallow complexions and mood swings. I say to Hell with that preconception.

In a genre that celebrates the visceral and gritty, is there nothing more visceral than screaming a taut bow of horsehair against strings, and having no amplification or effects pedals to mask what you’re playing? We’re celebrating the risk-taking and scary parts of rock. Where Dylan plugged in, we’re kicking out the whole band and replacing it. Like our namesake, we are the surprise attack during a national holiday. We are the Tet Offensive.

They’ll have new songs and the added thwack! of a new drummer. Don’t miss it.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER; ACOUSTIC GUITARIST: SETH ADAM; GLENN ROTH

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, June 3. ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST; SINGER-SONGWRITER: KYLE DUKE

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, DAN GREENE

• Thursday, June 11. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS & THE CYGNET SISTERS

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Monday, June 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH, GLUMPUPPET

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 19. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Wednesday, June 24. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA (CD RELEASE SHOW!)

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Wednesday, July 1. ART SONG: TWINS OF EL DORADO; JAZZ: WORK AND WHY WE DO IT

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Friday, July 24. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: ANNE MARIE MENTA, SHELLYE VALAUSKAS

• Friday, July 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAMUEL BASS

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Wednesday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANGELA EASTERLING