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The Sunshine Plague Travelling Revue descends upon us--quietly.

It's an all too common club experience. As some artist softly pours his heart into a subtle folk tune or ambient noise suite, an oblivious audience member yammers at a volume that would be completely inappropriate at, say, a theatrical performance. In response to this oft-witnessed act of nightclub social retardation, a clump of like-minded psych-folk artists have banded together as the Sunshine Plague Travelling Revue. This weekend's Plague appearances showcase an exceptional seven-act lineup that's playing all quiet, all the time, with enough variety to keep things from becoming a monotonous acoustic guitar marathon. Think of the shows as Terrastock Lite, a mini version of the British-spawned psych fest that touched down in S.F. in 1998.

Plague's cavalcade of quietude is the brainchild of Greg Weeks, a New York folkie whose oeuvre ranges from sensitive coffeehouse vignettes to the Moog-heavy chamber-prog of his most recent album, Awake Like Sleep, a 2001 staff fave at S.F.'s Aquarius Records. Other acts include Aroah, the namesake of Irene R. Trembaly, an American expatriate living in Spain whose sultry indie-strum resembles a stripped-down Mazzy Star; Nonloc, the solo acoustic project of Mark Dwinell of Providence, R.I., space-rockers Bright; and country-folk contingent Timesbold, which the Plague press release swears "delivers crushing tales of austerity and loss in a poetry that will have audiences weeping as they stand begging for more." We'll see about that.


Friday, March 8, at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $7


The Plague also descends Saturday, March 9, at 9 p.m. at the Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph (at 23rd Street), Oakland. Tickets are $7; (510) 444-6174.

Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary (at Larkin), S.F.

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Three fine local artists round out the Bay Area shows. Six Organs of Admittance, led by sometime McKinleyville resident Ben Chasny, serves up four-track opium-den trancedelia such as that found on its new CD, Dark Noontide(Holy Mountain). The local guys in Charles Atlasproffer lulling, pulsing atmospherics reminiscent of acid jazz and avant-rock, while San Francisco's Thuja -- featuring members of Id Battery and the Knit Separates, including SF Weekly contributor Glenn Donaldson -- presents its highly listenable take on improvisational scrape, scratch, plink, and drone. All in all, the Sunshine Plague promises a choice night of the quietly unusual. Just keep the blather outside.

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