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Hunx & His Punx, Shannon & the Clams, Mickey Early Warnings (Music) Recommended

When: Fri., April 29, 10 p.m. 2011
Price: $8
Recently a loose confederation of Bay Area bands—including but not limited to Girls, Nobunny, Sonny & the Sunsets, Shannon & the Clams, and the Sandwitches—has been mining golden-oldies bubblegum pop and dressing it up in punk drag. They've been hitting pay dirt with almost alarming frequency, sending garage-rock aficionados worldwide into a collective swoon. The latest such gem is Too Young to Be in Love (Hardly Art), the sophomore full-length from Hunx & His Punx. Like his contemporaries, front man and songwriter Hunx (aka Seth Bogart, formerly of queer dance-punk outfit Gravy Train!!!!) largely bypasses the direct influence of the stomping, Nuggets-approved Stones wannabes that pieced together the garage-band template, instead diving into the fluffy, candy-toned, Brill Building pop of the girl groups and proto-boy bands that their little sisters were hooked on. Bogart puts a tiny bit of camp spin on the proceedings—think equal parts John Waters and a slightly ironic, punkified take on Tom of Finland—but his love for the source material rings true, and his reimaginings of it are addictively excellent. —Miles Raymer

They look like scrappy punks, but Oakland outfit Shannon & the Clams are more like something from a John Waters lucid dream (obligatory Waters reference number two), complete with horny teenage anthems that walk the line between greasy, frantic 50s rock 'n' roll and innocent, hip-swinging 60s pop. The new album from Shannon Shaw (also famous as one of Hunx's Punkettes) and cosongwriter Cody Blanchard, Sleep Talk (1-2-3-4 Go!), is full of desperation, mild perversion, and drunken, woozy girl-group sha-la-la. If there were any justice in the world, "The Cult Song," with its surfy licks and harmonized refrain of "I don't wanna be in your cult no more," would be a top-ten hit with its own dance craze. —Jessica Hopper



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