When: Sat., Aug. 9, 10 p.m. 2014
Rank/Xerox’s eponymous 2011 debut is one of the best local rock albums of recent memory, and it’s conspicuously incongruous with Bay Area music trends at the time. Serpentine guitar leads, rigid drum beats, and monotonous shouts complement taut song lyrics that teeter precariously on the verge of paranoid derangement and anxiety. They make for rapt listening, and are rife with stark post-punk tension, without a whiff of emotional contrivance. Released on a tiny local imprint when garage bands still dominated the Bay Area rock discussion, Rank/Xerox was something of an outlier. Still, the story reflects a longer-running regional narrative: The band members arrived from afar, made incredible music for a short while with few expectations, and then shuffled off to distant places such as Australia and Los Angeles. Rank/Xerox’s reputation has grown since its last local show in March 2013, but its homecoming gig takes place at the same neighborhood bar, El Rio (3158 Mission St., San Francisco).