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Best Masked Band San Francisco 2013 - The Residents

This avant-garde band, founded in Louisiana but bred in San Francisco thanks to a van that broke down in the Bay Area in 1966, has been infamously anonymous for at least four decades. The Residents call 2013 their 40th anniversary, marked by the international Wonder of Weird Tour, but it's likely that the band has been together for longer than that. Many brilliant disguises have been donned over the years, but their eyeball-as-face masks, crowned with a jaunty top hat, are the most iconic and recognizable. Fortunately, there has been no ill-conceived Kiss-style reveal of the individual members' faces, keeping the mystique of The Residents intact. You could be riding around on MUNI with one of them every day and not even know it.

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