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When: Thu., Dec. 27, 9 p.m. and Fri., Dec. 28, 9 p.m. 2007
Price: $22

In the '80s, alternative rock didn't get any quirkier than Camper Van Beethoven, whose smorgasbord approach to music found them tossing disparate genres like ska, country, punk, and noise-rock into a centrifuge that spat out nuggets like "ZZ Top Goes to Egypt," "Take the Skinheads Bowling" and "Joe Stalin's Cadillac." Even though the '90s found CVB splitting into the Monks of Doom and Cracker camps, both sides reconciled with the '99 compilation Camper Van Beethoven Is Dead: Long Live Camper Van Beethoven. That reunion was further fortified when the quintet fished out Tusk, a note-for-note cover of the legendary Fleetwood Mac album, which they recorded in 1987. In 2004, the band emerged with New Roman Times, a concept album featuring its usual mash-up of country-psychedelia, Balkan ska, and Tex-Mex. Get to the show early to catch frontman David Lowery joining forces with creative foil (and criminally underrated guitarist) Johnny Hickman to serve up a set of acoustic Cracker songs. Thursday, Dec. 27 and Friday, Dec. 27 at the Independent. 9 p.m., $22. TheIndependentSF.com


— Dave Gil de Rubio

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