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When: Sun., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. 2011
Price: $40.50

The times they are a'changin', and that's something that self-described red diaper baby John McCrea wholeheartedly embraces. Since its genesis during the great grunge revolution of 1991, McCrea's band Cake has not only carved out an impressive musical career via a string of quirky albums but also embraced a myriad of left-leaning causes. One gander at the news section of the group's website features links to everything from Occupy Wall Street to immigration to the national debt to climate change. The Sacramento outfit even recorded its most recent album, Showroom of Compassion, in a solar-powered recording studio. Like the band's politics, its music is fairly unorthodox; Cake has a penchant for covering a number of unlikely artists (Frank Sinatra and Bread among them) and for patching together bits of country, funk, new wave, and hip-hop into earwormy hits (ie, "The Distance" and "Short Skirt/Long Jacket"). Those who heard McCrea rant prodigiously during Cake's set at the Independent's ClimatePalooza back in July can expect more of the same this week, when the band plays its pseudo-homecoming at the Fox Theater (1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) on Sunday, Oct. 30. 7 p.m., $40.50.

— Dave Gil de Rubio


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