These days, "indie rock" usually refers to skinny New York wannabes farting out fey pop music. But back in the day, American indie rockers -- Butthole Surfers, Cows, the L.A.P.D. Riot Midgets, and the rest -- actually rocked
. With screaming fuzz and sloppy-ass grooves, the Flat Can Co. has plopped indie rock back into the swirling toilet from which it came. The band is led by guitarist Miss Melvis, a true old-school freak-a-zoid. Not only does the six-foot mama shred like a mutant nuclear fusion of Greg Ginn and Munehiro Narita; she strips down to bra and panties while tooting toy horns. This quartet has released two discs to date, but check out the live show too, and get a taste of what indie
used to mean.