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Thirstbusters 

When: Thu., July 5, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $7-$10

Along the spectrum of young bands, it's safe to place the Thirstbusters somewhere significantly above the typical crappy garage experiment, but still several notches below the Justin Bieber/Miley Cyrus stratosphere. And that's exactly how the band -- formed at Berkeley High, now rising college seniors at colleges and conservatories across the country and home for the summer -- likes it. After all, after its very first video, a sweet and ever-so-slightly self-effacing ode to high-school puppy love (sample lyric: Hello there / would you like a piece of gum?) was released to heavy rotation on teen-oriented TV channels, the quartet quickly picked up the kind of steam any eighteen-year-old would dream of: Placement on TV-movie soundtracks; big-name management contracts; a not-insignificant modicum of fame among the most coveted demographic in the universe, teenage girls. According to the band, they were, at one point, in talks to sign with Disney -- but, citing the need for "creative control," decided against it. Whether or not that was a smart move, we'll never know, but it is clear that the last few years have given the band the time and space to grow considerably. While Thirstbsuters' earlier releases trafficked in a sort of blandly appealing, jazz-inflected indie-pop that owed a serious debt to John Mayer and Dave Matthews, the circa-2012 Thirstbusters are rawer, rockier, and a whole lot more interesting, and, well, more adult. The band will celebrate its  album release at the New Parish (579 19th St., Oakland) on Thursday, July 5, along with fellow local prodigies Finish Ticket, plus Bird by Bird and Eager Eyes. 8 p.m., $7-$10. TheNewParish.com

— Ellen Cushing

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