Thee Oh Sees

If there's anything plaguing contemporary art punk bands invoking the fuzzy garage-psych sound of the '60s, it's that they tend to sound the same. Blame it on the distortion and static if you want, but this formula is something that's been attempted so often over the past half-century or so that we've pretty much reached the point of redundancy. And yet, San Francisco man-about-town John Dwyer's project Thee Oh Sees manages to churn out crunchy, catchy, retro rock and roll songs, the best (read: most accessible) of which avoid the bizarre experimental departures that tend to drag down some of Dwyer's earlier stuff. So what if it's been done before, more or less? It's still great music. If you're new to the band, Help and Master's Bedroom are good places to start. With Tyvek, Love Tan. SARA BRICKNER

Thu., Sept. 9, 8 p.m., 2010

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