Local Licks 

This week we review Great Apes, Toby Oler, Lost Dog Found, and Generalissimo.

Great Apes, Great Apes

Great Apes, featuring alumni of local punk bands Olehole, Hanalei, Monster Squad, Burial Year, and The Ghost, is a straightforward, pop-oriented project, but its songs are refreshing. Of the three tracks on this seven-inch, "This Is a Trans World" is the highlight, both in energy and lyricism. This is the first of three seven-inches it plans to release in 2012, and if the next two records are as good, Great Apes is in for a great year. (Say-10 Records)

At Thee Parkside (1600 17th St., SF) on Tuesday, Apr. 24. 8 p.m, $10

Toby Oler, OVTOV

Young musicians are often either derivative or wildly experimental. Toby Oler makes good on the latter, yet OVTOV isn't experimental in a pretentious or abrasive sort of way. Instead, it's a vivacious and unpredictable amalgam of American song. And the great cadre of local musicians Oler recruited for the project reflects that. (self-released)

Lost Dog Found, The Jump Start Scandal

Loving life and maybe a little liquored up, Lost Dog Found is party swing. Bandleader Stevie Mac has worked to update the big-band sound for modern times, like what Brian Setzer did in the Nineties. Complete with stand-up bass, horns, and a lot of charisma, the band celebrates the wiles of wine and women in a distinctive combination of jump blues and new swing. (Lost Dog Found)

At The Starry Plough (3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on Saturday, Apr. 21. 9:30 p.m., $7, $10

Generalissimo, Love Without Mercy

Generalissimo is anything but understated. The Oakland post-punk group, whose name refers to the highest authoritarian rank, describes Love Without Mercy as a "kinder, gentler" record. More melodic than the band's previous releases, its message is no less overt. Radical statism, adorned with brutalist aesthetics, is the name of the game. The members perform in outfits worthy of a stiff salute. (self-released)

Related Locations


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed.

Latest in Local Licks

  • Local Licks

    This week we review French Cassettes, Big Tree, and North Home.
    • Sep 18, 2013
  • Local Licks

    This week, we review The Dodos, TaughtMe, and The Severely Departed.
    • Sep 11, 2013
  • Local Licks

    This week, we review Felsen, Al Lover, and The Family Crest.
    • Sep 4, 2013
  • More »

Author Archives

  • News Media Ignores Black Protests

    Black demonstrators in Oakland and Berkeley are taking the reins of a movement and designing their own powerful protests against police violence. But the news media isn't interested.
    • Dec 16, 2014
  • Local Licks

    This week we review Sean Hayes, the Darkest Before Dawn compilation, Main Attrakionz, and Satellite High.
    • Sep 12, 2012
  • More»

Most Popular Stories

Special Reports

The Beer Issue 2020

The Decade in Review

The events and trends that shaped the Teens.

Best of the East Bay


© 2020 Telegraph Media    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation