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When: Sat., Aug. 15, 10 p.m. 2009

With microphone in hand and scraggly rabbit mask on face, Nobunny—the nom de hasenpfeffer of Chicago native Justin Champlain, formerly of Tucson and now based in the Bay Area—serves as a reminder to jaded and overwhelmed 21st-century audiences that, at the end of the day, the best rock ’n’ roll is basically dancing music for zitty teenagers with or near boners. His songs draw on 50s and 60s novelty records, poppy 70s punk like Hubble Bubble and the Ramones, and 90s Rip Off Records garage trash, and though that jumble of influences might seem messier than a Tastee-Freez food fight, when you put it all together it works like a stupidly brilliant Mad magazine Fold-In, creating a single simple message—as Spinal Tap keyboardist Viv Savage put it, “Have a good time, all the time.” Last year’s LP for 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, Love Visions (the title’s a gentle poke at Jay Reatard’s Blood Visions), is a no-fi master­piece, a bubblegum banana split of 4 AM boogaloo, a serious piece of unseriousness—and the steady touring that Nobunny’s been doing since its release has finally started earning him the kind of transatlantic audience he’s deserved since he climbed out of the hutch in 2001. Berkeley band the Rock ’n’ Roll Adventure Kids will be backing Nobunny here. —Brian Costello

Price: $10, $7 in advance

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