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This week we review Gavilan, The Soft White Sixties, Mark Levine, and Scott Alexander

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Gavilan, Raised on Gavilan.

If the surname "Danzig" doesn't guarantee success in garage rock, then I don't know what will. Brothers Chris and Peter Danzig certainly thought so. Their new power trio — formed with drummer Jeff Schroeder — specializes in bluesy chord changes and heavy-hammering rock rhythms. Sometime Express contributor Chris plays bass, Peter serves as frontman, and they split the writing duties evenly. Right now Peter's voice is young and tart and twangy, but it will eventually morph into a guttural bellow. (self)

At The Stork Club (2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) on Friday, June 24. 8:30 p.m., $5.

The Soft White Sixties, The Soft White Sixties.

If you're not in on the joke, then this EP will come as a pleasant surprise. (Why was I expecting world music?) Singer Octavio Genera has all the ferocity of someone preparing to strike an enemy with a blunt object —or of a gnat, depending on his subject matter. In fact, he switches moods on a dime, sounding desperate and pathetic on the opening love song, and jaunty on "I Am." For a five-piece, this soft, white band is exceptionally tight. (Filament)

At High Sierra Music Festival (Plumas Sierra Fairgrounds) June 30-July 3.

Scott Alexander, Scott Alexander Makes a Big Deal Out of It.

This whole thing is a ruse. Like, really. Scott Alexander pretends to be a social pariah who can only make friends by baking cookies and letting people sit on his inflatable couch. In reality, he's a classically trained musician –— on bassoon, no less. And he's good. And he knows something about ancient Chinese folk music. But he prefers making joke songs like "Why Are You So Horny?" This album is adorable in a dandy-ish way (even if the joke gets old), and yes, it includes actual bassoon. (Yomyamyeemyaz Productions)

At Radio Bar (435 13th St., Oakland) on Saturday, June 25. 8 p.m., free.

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