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Wednesday, Feb 8 2012
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As some of the leading misfits of the Oakland garage-pop scene, Bare Wires meld timeless hooks and a quasi-teenage sensibility with propulsive guitar rock. As the brainchild of lanky Memphis transplant Matthew Melton, the band has quickly honed the primitive, speedy sound of its early days into a muscular, agile power-pop. But the edges remain: "Don't Ever Change" sounds like a lost '50s rock 'n' roll artifact, all hip-rocking swing and cigarette-pack-in-the-sleeve cool, filtered through a crackling AM radio. This band can rock large rooms ably, but it kills in tight quarters — so don't miss Bare Wires when they perform with Toys That Kill and the Pharmacy.

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