Before you get the rundown of who plays in Baby Diaz and what the band sounds like, know this: Their first gig was during Dobbs’ Bong Hits Jam in June. These guys are dope-schmoked and dipped in hash oil. Far beyond the weed, Baby Diaz are black psychedelic hard art rock — Hendrix meets Hüsker Dü. Albert Lee meets Arctic Monkeys. The art-punk thing? You can blame that on Ned Sonstein. Usually a drummer for Martha Graham Cracker and the Peek-A-Boo Revue’s show band, he’s the singer and second guitarist for Baby Diaz and brings that cabaret sensibility to every croon. Bassist Scott Bluth, meanwhile, was the metal edge to IF’N and Resin and carries that with him always. Then there’s bluesy, funky psych-heavy guitarist Mike Tyler. He’s played with the Goats and behind LL Cool J, so he understands how to make a six-string work where hip-hop is at stake and is as loud and proud a guitar hero as Philly’s ever known. They’re hawking an eponymous digital EP. Check out how high they’ll get.
Sat., Sept. 1, 8 p.m., $10, Connie’s Ric-Rac, 1132 S. Ninth St., 215-279-7587, conniesricrac.com.