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Sic Alps, Cave, Wet Hair Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., March 17, 9:30 p.m. 2011

A lot has changed lately for San Francisco's Sic Alps. On Napa Asylum (Drag City), their first record in more than two years, they're a trio, having added guitarist Noel Von Harmonson from Comets on Fire; they've ditched their shambling excursions into free jazz and unhinged psychedelia and become more or less a garage band; and they've begun focusing their energies into sharper, shorter tunes. (The new album's 22 tracks total 47 minutes.) What hasn't changed is the band's approach to recording—they cut Napa Asylum at home with a Tascam eight-track and a couple microphones, and it's so gleefully fuzzy and raw that it can seem sloppy, at least superficially. Sic Alps may sound like the thousandth bunch of lo-fi slackers to come down the pike, but I can't hold the unkempt murk of their records against them: their songs have such strong melodies and skilled arrangements that they pop into my head unbidden all the time. —Peter Margasak

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