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Shoppers 

When: Sat., Jan. 14, 7 p.m. 2012
Price: $5

Although its members proclaim themselves "pissy vegan queer punk" and hail from the land of Earth Crisis (Syracuse, New York), the trio of Josh Smith, Kari Charlsworth, and Meredith Graves takes its cues from a different strain of punk. Graves' guitar tone can veer from chuggy pop punk riffs to feedback noise blasts while maintaining a feral sneer in her vocals. Drummer Smith and bassist Charlsworth swing between full-on aggroragers and droney noise rock. Shoppers' debut LP Silver Year (on Smith's own Feeble Minds label) puts one in mind of contemporaries like Broken Water and White Lung, or even the Bay's own DADFAG. The thread through all these new bands is the late-Eighties post-punk pantheon of Homestead Records, one-time home of Big Black, Dinosaur Jr., and Squirrel Bait. That the new wave of this sound is largely female-fronted is not lost on us. Those Eighties bands were trying to wrest guitar heroics away from the Seventies cock-rock gods, and this new generation is even better at degendering those heroics. With Rank/Xerox, Neon Pixx, and Cathedral Ghosts at 1234 Go! Records (423 40 th St., Oakland) on Saturday, Jan. 14. 7 p.m., $5. 1234GoRecords.com

— George Chen

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