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My new favorite band is playing this weekend, and I can’t see them. But you should. If it my brother wasn’t playing guitar in the city tomorrow night, I would head to the Starry Plough to see these folks:

photo courtesy of thehollyhocks.com

photo courtesy of thehollyhocks.com

They’re The Hollyhocks, a new indie band out of West O with rich instrumentals. It’s melodies are melancholic and then exaulting, with great female vocals from guitarist Kristin Sobditch and bassist Yuri Jewett. Jason Silverio enters in his drumming style that carries the tunes in and out like a steady, then crashing, ocean tide. Needless to say it’s great summer music to blast on your way to the beach. I have “Thank You Again, Goodnight” on a permanent loop and look forward to getting my hands on their entire debut album.

Among the band members is an BMI award-winning songwriter, Dan Jewett. A great reporter and magazine editor in his own right, he wrote songs with Adam Durwitz back in the day when they broke musical gound with The Himalayans. That was before Duritz (also a graduate of Head Royce School) embarked on new territory with the Counting Crows.

I saw a preview performance of The Hollyhocks a few months ago and fell in love with their sound. They recently got a shout-out on KPFA’s “The Hear & Now” show and a nod in the East Bay Express. Sorry to miss them this time around. Since I have to help my li’l brother usher in his 30th birthday this Saturday, I subscribed to their newsletter for the latest updates on upcoming shows.

Check out The Hollyhocks for yourself at a classic East Bay Venue. They’re joining San Francisco rockers 20 Minute Loop and Ultralash to take the stage. Great tunes and Murphy’s on tap. That’s my kind of night.

photo courtesy of thehollyhocks.com

photo courtesy of thehollyhocks.com

The details:

Saturday, June 27
9 p.m.
Starry Plough
3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
$8

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