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Cococoma, Sonic Chicken 4, Yolks, Psyched Alex (DJ set) 

When: Wed., Oct. 21, 9:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $8, $5 with RSVP to rsvp@emptybottle.com before 5 PM, $3 in advance
The Sonic Chicken 4 use the same four chords and 4/4 beats as the hundreds of other garage bands that seem to have sprung up in the past few years, but this six-piece from Perpignan, France, sets itself apart from the pack by writing songs that display a casual and confounding disregard for where you might expect verses and choruses to go. They know their rock history, and like the tropicalistas in Brazil they have an uncanny sense for picking odd additions from other idioms that really shouldn't work but somehow turn out perfect—swirling White Light/White Heat-era Velvet Underground guitar freak-outs, Kink Kontroversy big beats, touches of ye-ye. All these elements are in full effect on their newest single, "Surf on a Plane" b/w "Crushed" (Trouble in Mind). "Crushed" is a mid-60s-style pop stomper whose breakdown—just bass and drums and the reverberating thunderstorm noise of a powered-up tube amp dropped on the floor—ought to have Dan the Fan (and everybody else who loves jumping around to great rock 'n' roll) in ecstasy. This is a release party for headliners CoCoComa, whose second full-length, Things Are Not All Right, came out yesterday on Goner. —Brian Costello

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