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Strange Boys, White Fence, Heavy Times Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., June 30, 9:30 p.m. 2011

With last year's self-titled LP and this year's Is Growing Faith, White Fence has provided further evidence that the Bay Area is blessed with more than just the country's best "garage" scene—it's also home to the proverbial jingle-jangle mornings of dozens of four-tracked Mister (and Miss) Tambourine Men (and Women). And in that crowd, White Fence's stellar neopsych pop-folk stands out. The solo project of Darker My Love front man Tim Presley (who's also a sometimes member of tonight's headliners, the Strange Boys), White Fence is undeniably a band on Woodsist. (Lo-fi? Check. The aforementioned psych-pop jangle? Check.) What sets this project apart is the way Presley always seems to know what to do with his arrangements and when—his bread and butter are hypnotic guitar melodies and tasty vocal harmonies, but he's great with details like the "warm jet" glaze that briefly appears after the first verse and chorus of "And By Always," the fuzz-flange solo in the melodic stomper "Harness," and the maraca shimmy in the early Floydian slip-and-slide of "Get That Heart." He even finds a fresh take on Johnny Thunders's "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory," which has become a perennial cover in the trite-punk circuit. —Brian Costello

Price: $8

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