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Partially reinventing the old garage rock wheel, Oakland's Bare Wires (playing tonight at the Larimer Lounge with Winter Legends, Six Eyed Snake, The Conjugal Visits and BleachedBlonde) do a damn fine job of adding a pretty shine to the usually clangy genre. Part Buzzcocks, part Kinks, the trio makes effective use of reverb, instead of flooding the speakers with it, while giving big choruses their due.
Existing in several incarnations before becoming the current trio, Bare Wires was born over five years ago Memphis as the project of singer, songwriter and guitarist Matthew Melton. Melton moved himself and the sonic operation to California and settled in Oakland, where the band is currently based, when they are not touring relentlessly. This show is 21 and up, and tickets are $10. Doors open at 7 p.m., and bands start at 8 p.m.