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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Openers: Five Opening Bands To Show Up Early For This Week

Posted By on Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 12:41 PM

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Shows this week are so good, we had to pick an opening band for each night. So swallow your tacos, swill your beers and get outside quick to catch these bands:

Tuesday: Fol Chen plays heartfelt beat-pop in songs built like quilts --- all sorts of old and new-sounding musical parts stitched together, laced with L.A. harmonies and produced with bewildering punchiness. One of the best new bands from down south, this six-piece sounds like California's answer to Hot Chip -- after the dream has died. With Liars at Slim's.

Wednesday: Birds & Batteries This S.F. four-piece specializes in lush, country-tinged electro-pop that's as intricately arranged as it is melancholy. Rolling Stone and Pitchfork are already on to Birds & Batteries, so its future path could get real interesting. But who knew lap-steel guitar mingled so well with gurgling synths? With Growing at The New Parish.

Thursday: The Splinters Catchy garage pop from Oakland made by four brainy femmes who like to party. With Javelin and Maus Haus at the Uptown.

Friday: Man/Miracle These four East Bay dudes ramble from melodic pop to twitchy post-punk. With songs that are rarely static and often addictive, Man/Miracle are also said to have a wildly energetic live show. With Rogue Wave at the Fillmore.

Saturday: Phantogram So OK, two-piece outfits dealing in synth-pop and choppy beats are about as common as celebrity feuds on Twitter -- and usually way less interesting. But Phantogram, a boy-girl pairing from Sarasota Springs, N.Y., do the emo-electro-beat thing with tasteful restraint and a dark vibe that's more Portishead than rehashed disco. With The Antlers at The Independent.

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