And you will know by the trail of tearful tattooed chin-scratchers down Divisadero next month that the 12-year saga of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum is coming to an end. The Oakland enigma-core ensemble has announced three final California dates, culminating in an April 10th performance at the Independent, before they call it quits. (Well, partially: true to the image of some mythic sea monster continuing to writhe and twitch after it's dead, they plan to finish up work on a new album, a live DVD, and a short film called The Last Human Being also.) Tickets are on sale for the extremely reasonable price of $16-$18 at the Independent's website.
The Museum, which takes its name from a fascinating and probably apocryphal tale of a consortium of early-20th-century European nutjobs, never found much of a mainstream outlet for its concept-drenched, art-damaged prog metal, but it spawned a devoted fan network that did a brisk trade in concert stories and live recordings and mutual admiration for the band's sound -- one based, as The Owl puts it, on an "affinity for brooding tonality, odd timing, and crashing percussion care of an arsenal of home-made instruments."