Rock & Pop

Timmy’s Organism

When: Thu., Oct. 23, 9 p.m. 2014

Timmy Vulgar, who plays Thursday at the Night Light (311 Broadway, Oakland) with his band, Timmy’s Organism, is the sort of storied rock ‘n’ roll character whose actual biography is eclipsed by the myths generated by his discography. He’s from Detroit, and you get the impression from his output — which includes dozens of records, both solo and with his bands The Clone Defekts, Human Eye, and Timmy’s Organism — that Vulgar clambered out of a steaming manhole, wild-eyed, sodden denim vest and receding hairline in place, just looking for a guitar. His records, which reliably feature copious, sweltering guitar leads and careening, extended rock arrangements, seem to spawn the man — not the other way around. His lyrics pair imagery of mid-century, middle-American trash culture with clutches of cosmic cliché. For the man who can be found on YouTube vacuuming the ceiling of a Detroit apartment on acid, they’re basically the same thing.

Sam Lefebvre

Price: $8

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