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The Shants 

When: Wed., May 19, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $8-$10

After wood-shedding in Chico, Davis, Nevada City, and other Northern California not-spots, the Shants bring their down-tempo Americana to a hometown gig at Oakland's New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland). Their EP, recorded in a cabin near the RussianRiver, has the subdued feel of the area's heavily wooded forests. Their moody combination of vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and dripping pedal steel conjures the permanent dusk of a redwood grove, and vocalist Skip Allum manages to sound both dissipated and agitated at the same time. You can pick up their ragged love letter, "Oh, Oakland," on iTunes and practice not choking up at the tearful mention of the late, lamented Parkway Theater. Opening the show are Dave Smallen and Calafia on Wednesday, May 19. 8 p.m., $8, $10.

— Eli Messinger


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