Not every band from California feels the surf in their veins and that El-Lay beat in their wrists, but somehow, they all have that sun-streaked, ineffable glint that brands them as Golden State. Nathan Williams, a/k/a WAVVES, doesn't hide his San Diego bearings; his boisterous lo-fi rock, all feedback and fray, suggests No Age with cawing singsong or Jan and Dean with exponentially more reverb. Minnesota-bred Vampire Hands are far less wound up, their psychedelic Americana steeped mostly in laissez-faire midtempo.
Sun., March 29, 8 p.m., 2009
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