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Waxahatchee

Wed., April 29, 7 p.m.
415-885-0750
Waxahatchee
Waxahatchee — the principal outlet for Katie Crutchfield’s spare but moving songwriting — and Girlpool — a similarly restrained, percussion-free duo prone to unflaggingly direct lyricism — are two musical entities that have adopted Philadelphia as home base. And it is a base from which the two groups depart often to tour, this time in tandem, appearing for one night together at the Great American Music Hall (859 O’Farrell St., San Francisco) on Wednesday. Crutchfield is supporting Ivy Tripp, her third Waxahatchee record and a rewarding exercise in unadorned, classicist indie-rock and pop, as much at home on Sarah Records as Saddle Creek. Except the album appeared through Merge Records, which imbues Waxahatchee with the sort of indie patina that people expect Girlpool to acquire before long. Originally from Los Angeles, Girlpool’s Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad deal clean guitar and bass leads arranged with such precocious craft that, like Crutchfield’s work, familiar conventions have staggering effects. It must be a Philly thing. $16
Great American Music Hall 859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco (map)

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Cavity Rock!

, Third Thursday of every month, 9 p.m.
510-433-0340
Cavity Rock!
Bubblegum, pop, sweets — these and other candied sonic confections collide at Cavity Rock. For whatever reason, music listeners tend to liken sound to taste, and DJ Stand-In is confident enough in the figurative leap to promise attendees enough saccharine and sugary songs to warrant a root canal every third Thursday at The Night Light (311 Broadway, Oakland) Literally speaking, the rise of “cavities” in pop music perhaps signals the need for a new vocabulary. To play along, though, Cavity Rock attendees should find comfort in the fact that dental technology has improved since the 1970s, which is the choice era for power-pop and glam rock according to DJ Stand-In’s record collection. And anyway, the Night Light is stocked with enough bitters to temper sweet aural sensations with sour oral ones. free
The Night Light 311 Broadway, Oakland (map)

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