Two of the most vivacious bands in the Bay Area will share a double bill this weekend.
Oakland trio Shannon and the Clams (singer/bassist Shannon Shaw, guitarist Cody Blanchard, and Ian Amberson on drums) was raised largely on teenage death anthems of the 1960s, but Shaw still counts Kermit the Frog as one of her favorite singers, so you know the gloom isn't too thick here.
In fact, this band offers quite a bit of whimsy within its honest, homegrown sound, which fits right into the Bay Area's current obsession with garage music and its image. It's not unusual to see Shannon and the Clams pretending to be Trekkies or members of the Lollipop Guild.
SF retro rockers Hunx & His Punx recently completed an Australian tour and the first episode of a sketch comedy and variety web series called Hollywood Nailz. The band is responsible for such local anthems as "Great Kisser" and "Teardrops on My Telephone" and is working on a new album.
Former tourmates Hunx & His Punx and Shannon & The Clams plan a record release party for Shannon's new album Dreams in the Rat House at The New Parish in Oakland on May 18.