When: Wed., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. 2014
In its East Bay incarnation, garage rock is typically marked by kitsch, a debt to the melodramatic lyricism of 1960s groups such as the Shangri-Las, and a transparent influence of The Ramones (who were, not coincidentally, indebted to kitsch and 1960s girl-group melodrama.) But the unapologetically retro style of groups like Shannon & the Clams, Personal & the Pizzas, and Hunx & his Punx were preceded in the East Bay by The Time Flys, a mid-2000s act that garnered a fervent following but didn’t enjoy the same breakout success. The Time Flys, of course, took inspiration from regional acts in the 1990s such as Supercharger, The Mummies, and The Trashwomen, who rallied around the era’s prominent Estrus Records. The Trashwomen’s Tina Luchessi has more recently helmed Midnite Snaxx, a band that joins a reunited Time Flys on December 31 at The Night Light (311 Broadway, Oakland), for a lineup celebrating multiple generations of kitsch, melodrama, and love of The Ramones. So, who’s next? Perhaps Pookie & the Poodlez. It’s tradition.