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Fresh art partying in West O.

Speaking to this paper last summer, Avey Tare from Brooklyn's Animal Collective attributed much of the textural, psychotropic chaos of his band's sound to the effect of a bunch of guys from bucolic Baltimore County taking up residence in the white-hot hustle and bustle of NYC. "Living there is sort of intense," he explained. "But at the same time, we're all really nature people. I grew up in a woodsy atmosphere, and so I guess there's always the more landscaped side of the music, which is totally different from New York, though New York is its own landscape."

This Thursday night, the Collective -- along with some buddies, fellow experimental-rock kooks Black Dice, Santa Cruz distorted heavies Comets on Fire, and Oakland's own Axolotl (featuring members of Windsor for the Derby, Triangle, and Chum Frink) -- gets to check out the landscape of West Oakland, impudent art, giant cranes, and all. The night after the first three bands play the safely sumptuous confines of the Great American, they'll play at the grand opening of West O's newest warehouse gallery jewel, LoBot.

"We've been working on it for seven months straight," says LoBot resident Adam Hatch, who comes to the new space with four other warehouse build-outs under his belt. "And the bands themselves are great for the opening, because we want it to be explosive. After that, we're going to progress to more of a juxtaposition of more artsy, mellow shows with rock shows maybe separate. But this is a party. It's a celebration."

The 7,000-square-foot space at 1800 Campbell St. (in the Lower Bottoms neighborhood, dig?) is "there for the art community to use," Hatch says. The art hanging on the big curved wall for the current exhibition -- which will close in two weeks with another party -- is by Andrzej Karwacki, Cyrus Tilton, Matt Volla, Liz Harris, Kevin Slagle, Tim Brown, Justin Artifice, Scott Hove, Nate Crane, Alika Cooper, and others. The gallery opens at 5 p.m., so come and maybe squeak past the $8 cover donation, which they'll start suggesting at 7, roughly an hour before the music starts. Info:


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