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2013 Burger Boogaloo 

When: Sat., July 6, 12:30 p.m. and Sun., July 7, 12:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $25, $50 for 2 day event
SoCal’s Burger Records has released some of the Bay Area’s biggest artists, including Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, and Hunx and His Punx, so it’s no surprise that its annual festival, Burger Boogaloo, has outgrown the small San Francisco venues where it was held last year. It’s Oakland’s gain — at least for fans of sugary power-pop and gritty garage-rock. This year’s two-day festival will be held at Mosswood Park Amphitheater (3612 Webster St., Oakland) and will include bands that pioneered the lo-fi sound as well as newer ones that are bringing it into the future. Headliner Red Kross was coaxed out of retirement in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since, churning out punchy, often heavy, three-chord pop songs. Other legends on the lineup include former Modern Lovers frontman Jonathan Richman, who performs his quirky songs solo, retaining punk’s humor and Fifties rhythms; recently reformed Memphis garage-punk trio The Oblivians; and local all-female surf-punk trio The Trashwomen (whose guitarist, Elka Zolot, is rapper Kreayshawn’s mom). The up-and-comers include San Francisco’s Mikal Cronin, whose sophomore album, MCII, earned wide critical acclaim for its catchy, endearing melodies; Oakland garage-rock trio Shannon & The Clams, which just released its third album, Dreams in the Rat House; and Ty Segall’s proto-metal side project, Fuzz.
— Whitney Phaneuf


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