Live Review, 6/1/12: King Tuff and Shannon and the Clams Rule the Go! Go! Fest Finale

THE GO! GO! Night Six: Hunx & His Punx, King Tuff, The Bobbyteens, Shannon & The Clams, King Lollipop, Elvis Christ

Friday, June 1, 2012

New Parish

Better than: Any 50 year anniversary tour of a rock band will ever be.

Before the music began, the scene resembled some kind of retro rock 'n' roll summer camp: A dozen or so clusters of long black hair above denim and leather jackets adorned with oversized buttons (displaying illustrated hamburgers and '70's power-pop artists) sipped PBR's incognito near the bar of the New Parish, while other attendees swung their legs from the venue's second-floor balcony and six bands performed in front of a massive banner gaudily themed around Hunx's newest album, Hairdresser Blues.

The attendees mingled in each area of the venue with cheery abandon and strutted their vintage kicks on the dance floor. They were hyperactive. The Go! Go! Fest was arranged by Oakland's 1-2-3-4 Go! Records as a showcase of rock 'n' roll bands, with a heavy focus on local groups. With all but one group performing Friday night based in the Bay Area, the final evening of the festival seemed like a victory lap. 1-2-3-4 Go! Records deserves the celebration, too. In the business' capacity as an all-ages venue, record label, and record store, it is arguably one of the local institutions most supportive to independent music.

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