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Paul Collins' Beat at Siberia


They formed a band in San Francisco in 1974, moved to Los Angeles and cut one self-titled, four-song EP in 1976 and disbanded in 1978. If the brief bio of the triple-threat Nerves — singer/guitarist Jack Lee, singer/bassist Peter Case and singer/drummer Paul Collins — sounds less like that of a pop/rock classic and more like your pop's rock-flashback cataracts, then consider the short-lived trio's family tree: a pouch of punchy, before-their-time tunes (including the Blondie-covered "Hanging on the Telephone"), assembled and released on 2008's wire-taut One Way Ticket; an equally great, equally fated spinoff, the shorter-lived Breakaways, whose lone recording went unheard until the 2009 reincarnation Walking Out on Love: The Lost Sessions; and two more spinoffs of that spinoff, Case's Plimsouls (1978-1983) and Paul Collins' Beat, the latter of which, against the odds (several splits, the popular extinction and excavation of its genre), survived them all. The Beat's eponymous 1979 debut, anchored by a rerecorded version of the Collins original "Working Too Hard," is regarded by many as the LP the Nerves never got to make, and 2010's rejuvenated King of Power Pop! (Alive) is the one Collins has been trying to make ever since — anchored by the seemingly self-aggrandizing "Kings of Power Pop," one particular rock flashback whose eye-roll embellishments ("We could not tune our guitars/ No one thought we'd go very far") ring true. King Louie's Missing Monuments, The Coathangers and Bipolaroid open. Call for ticket information. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

July 14

Paul Collins' Beat

10 p.m. Thursday

Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855

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