Perfected Indie Rock 

H.I.J.K. at the Uptown.

It's rare for an independent rock band to put half as much time and money into an album as Oakland's H.I.J.K. , previously known as Hijack the Disco, invested in its debut. The group hired Grammy-winning producer Enrique Gonzalez Müller (Dave Matthews Band, MC Hammer), fearlessly worked and reworked its songs, then holed up for five weeks in legendary Sausalito studio the Plant. All told, the process took almost a year and half. A self-titled EP finally saw daylight early this year, and the shimmering full-length The Pen and the Letter is due this summer. Thursday night, H.I.J.K. performs at the Uptown along with Santa Cruz's Vox Jaguars and San Francisco rockers Little Yellow Perfect and Silver Griffin. 9 p.m., $7.

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