Rock & Pop

Twin Steps

When: Thu., Feb. 20, 9 p.m. 2014

Sample-based music is all the rage right now, but it’s a rarity in rock. One notable exception is Oakland’s Twin Steps, which challenges notions of authenticity by lifting snippets of songs by the likes of Etta James, The Supremes, Connie Francis, and other classic artists and distorting them beyond recognition. When coupled with surf-rock guitar riffs and raucous yelps, the result is high-energy, infectious, doo-wop-inflected party music. On a few songs, such as “Pitch Black Forest,” the samples (in this case, by Frankie Valli) stand out, but for the most part, the trio’s music sounds completely improvisational. Twin Steps hasn’t been performing around the Bay Area much lately, but you can catch the group at The Night Light (311 Broadway, Oakland) this week. G. Green, Brainstorm, Mansion, and the Slime City DJs will open the show.

Madeleine Key

Price: $7

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