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The Seshen 

When: Sat., April 14, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $5-$10

Local seven-piece outfit The Seshen might seem top-heavy with personnel, but its debut album, which mixes urban house and world-music styles, sounds remarkably polished and clean. Bassist and producer Aki Ehara is the core of the band. He constructs songs with heavy, mechanized drumbeats and warm, ample hooks, buoyed by the warbled voices of Lalin St. Juste and Akasha Orr. The band already has a strong local buzz, and its debut -- available for $5 on its Bandcamp page -- will only propel it forward. The Seshen will celebrate its album release this week with Audio Angel (aka Rashida Clendening), a singer who launched her career in the underground house scene but has the vocal capacity for jazz and soul. She'll perform with DJ Matt Haze, who specializes in German, Nigerian, and Brazilian music, and touts his talent for "disemboweling" a crowd -- well, let's hope not. DJ Gstar of Hella Gay will round out the lineup with hip-hop, pop, and electro. At Vitus (201 Broadway, Oakland) on Saturday, Apr. 14. 9:30 p.m., $5, $10. VitusOakland.com

— Rachel Swan

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