Rock & Pop

Terry Malts

When: Sat., March 17, 7 p.m. 2012

In retrospect, it was a pretty bold move for Corey Cunningham, Phil Benson, and Nathan Sweatt to all but abandon their other band, Magic Bullets, in order to take on Terry Malts as a project. Magic Bullets, was, after all, doing quite well for itself, pumping out anthemic, Nineties-tinged indie-pop that still managed to be of the adequately edgy, Pitchfork-approved variety; popping up at music festivals around the country, its sound tailor-made for outdoor singalongs; and netting placement on big-name soundtracks like that of Gossip Girl (!) and the Lisa Kudrow comedy Kabluey. But the Oakland trio apparently also wanted to explore its harder side, which in this case means raw, raggedy, fuzzed-out-beyond recognition, Ramones-esque pop punk, delivered fast and loose with kinetic energy and more shred per square inch than you ever thought possible -- and, N.B., the sweet, melodic soul that made Magic Bullets so appealing in the first place. Sometimes big risks pay off beautifully. At 1-2-3-4 Go! Records (420 40th St., Oakland) with Kids on a Crime Spree and Manatee on Saturday, Mar. 17. 7 p.m., free, all ages.

Ellen Cushing

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