Rock & Pop


When: Sun., July 12, 9 p.m. and Mon., July 13, 9 p.m. 2015

Legendary record producer and music industry commentator Steve Albini usually talks about Shellac, the power trio he’s fronted since the early Nineties, in terms of it being a hobby. Its albums, the most recent of which appeared seven years after the last, feature spare, economic rock songs with classic riffs and punchy turnarounds. Given its reputation and professed professional ambivalence, Shellac gets to indulge fanciful and challenging inclinations. Excellent Italian Greyhound, the group’s 2007 full-length, featured drummer Todd Trainer’s regal dog on the cover, a purebred named Uffizi. Opening track “The End of Radio,” meanwhile, was a nine-minute dirge initiated by snare drum pitter-patter and Albini checking the mic: Is this thing on? It’s an opener styled as a farewell, Shellac’s final transmission, and exactly the sort of bold move that celebrated hobbyists can get away with. It’s also a joke with a delayed punch line, since Shellac’s glibly titled, Dude, Incredible appeared last year. The band has only now gotten around to touring, appearing Sunday and Monday at the New Parish (1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland.)

Sam Lefebvre

Price: $17, $20

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