Imagine if Jim Morrison had a love child with Lemmy and Trent Reznor. The result could sound like Otep Shamaya, the eponymous lead vocalist, activist, and one-quarter of L.A.-based group Otep. Since forming in 2000, Shamaya's self-described art-core band has been a bright spot in alternative music. Otep defies labels, although most would put its aggressive guitar-driven rock and sing-rap-growl in the metal genre. Otep is charismatic and thought-provoking, and is the sort of group that can inspire you to pick up an instrument or a journal notebook or smash the control machine. With One-Eyed Doll and Picture Me Broken.
Otep performs Monday, April 1, 7 p.m. at Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. $13. frontgatetickets.com.