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King Lollipop 

When: Wed., Jan. 18, 7 p.m. 2012

Considering his role as a major creative force behind the songs of Oakland's Shannon and the Clams, it's no wonder Cody Blanchard has a dynamic and underrated side project. Masquerading as King Lollipop, the curly-cue-haired, rapid-fire guitarist put out his debut Woodland Whoopee, Songs of Ol' Callowhee earlier this year. For a one-man effort with a bit of trash-can percussion, it's a 13-track wild ride. Like a hard-rocking Buddy Holly, a demented Django Reinhardt, or a mired Roger Miller, Blanchard creates quite a ruckus, with a voice that's strikingly similar to his cohort Shannon Shaw and an energy that's irresistible. From songs like "Cheeseburger and Fries" to "Lord Licorice's Lament," Blanchard's tales are vivid and fantastical, glorifying everything from dumpster diving to spurned wizards. Seeing him perform the songs of Woodland Whoopee in person will be a riot. At 1-2-3-4 Go! Records (423 40th St., Oakland) on Wednesday, Jan. 18. 7 p.m. 1234GoRecords.com

— Will Butler

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