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Wednesday, Nov 20 2013

One of the most celebrated bands to emerge from the Bay Area underground since the turn of the millennium, beloved S.F. psych-noise crew Comets on Fire delivered a lo-fi blast of distortion heard around the world with its scorching self-titled debut in 2001. Built around guitarist Ethan Miller's elemental six-string destruction and howling, Echoplex-drenched vocals (manipulated by effect tweaker Noel Von Harmonson), the album's transcendent squall established the group as regional standard-bearers of the sonic freak flag previously flown by Blue Cheer, Chrome, and Monoshock. Brilliantly unhinged live shows, acclaimed international tours, and several lauded releases for Ba Da Bing and Sub Pop would follow, but Comets eventually went on an extended hiatus that stretched until the group reconvened to back longtime guitarist Ben Chasny on last year's stunning Six Organs of Admittance album, Ascent. The resurrected band brings its joyful, fuzz-laden noise back to the stage when it plays its first Bay Area show in almost six years at Oakland's White Horse Bar.

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