Mike Watt's tenure in Minutemen was enough to render him a rock icon; following that group with a second classic unit, fIREHOSE, further cemented his legend. Now he's bringing his current trio, The Missingmen, on the road to perform his third rock opera.

Mike Watt’s tenure in Minutemen was enough to render him a rock icon; following that group with a second classic unit, fIREHOSE, further cemented his legend. Now he’s bringing his current trio, The Missingmen, on the road to perform his third rock opera.

“Hyphenated-Man,” released in 2010, comprises 30 quick portraits of characters such as “Bird-In-The-Helmet-Man,” “Confused-Parts-Man” and “Blowing-It-Out-Both-Ends-Man.” Each track is a jolting, bass-driven blast likely to be greedily gobbled by Minutemen fans. It can’t match the urgency of “Double Nickels on the Dime,” and it breaches the goofiness threshold at times (“Fyingpan-Man”: guilty), but on balance “Hyphenated-Man” proves Watt’s genius has not run dry nearly three decades later.

Lite and Harboring Ghosts will set the stage Wednesday at The Basement.