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Oh Sees: dropping Thee and remaking an entrance

The band performs at One Eyed Jacks Sept. 5



In the waning days of 2013, after a breathless 10-year run that included 14 studio albums, 23 EP/seven-inch/compilation/live releases, five incremental name changes and an unspecified number of turbine-powered guitar licks and punctuating "woo!" hoots, John Dwyer delivered the bad news that had seemed both unlikely and a long time coming. "This will be the last Oh Sees show for a long while," he told the crowd at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, "so dig in." The group's return the following April with new LP Drop fueled jokes about the relativity of "a long while" for a band prone to hyperactivity and artistic exhibitionism. But Thee Oh Sees, as the band had been known since 2008's The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In, had changed shape yet again: Dwyer took his many-faced act to Los Angeles, leaving his keyboards (and keyboardist/backup singer Brigid Dawson) in San Francisco. The group also switched out bassists and drummers (twice), eventually settling on a double-timekeeper setup just in time for the split double-album release of A Weird Exits / An Odd Entrances in late 2016. Last month's Orc (Castle Face) continues the shrieking streak and dueling-drums Hemi engine, albeit with another change of personnel and another name change — it's just Oh Sees now, as if an outfit as omnipresent as this one needs any clarification. Bottomfeeders opens. Tickets $18.

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