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Also next Saturday, Jan. 15, at Slim’s in The City: One of 2010’s most sorely overlooked groups, San Diego’s moody soundscapers Crocodiles, whose sophomore “Sleep Forever” set on Fat Possum was a true sonic delight.

The group — which revolves around the duo of Brandon Welchez (vocals, programming) and Charles Rowell (guitar, synth) — straddles that textural alt-rock zone somewhere between early Echo And The Bunnymen and “Darklands”-era Jesus And Mary Chain, with some grim, galloping Peter Hook basslines thrown in for good Factory Records measure.

Few fans would recognize the pair’s previous punk-DIY incarnation, however — the Guy DeBord/Situationist-influenced The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower.

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“We just wanted to piss people off and push buttons,” Rowell says, recalling one colorful gig in Salt Lake City where his Plot was “faced with a crowd of mostly meatheads, so we just started acting really camp, blowing kisses and talking real sweet to all these guys in the front row. And literally, it was a riot — there was a big punch-up between us and all these jocks. But it was the idea that you could make a concert a little bit more than just watching a band, forming your opinion, then going home.”

For tickets, visit www.slimstickets.com.



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