Here's our Saturday, May 12th Mission Creek preview. We'll be back tomorrow with picks for Sunday and Monday.

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Gary Higgins

The story of Gary Higgins is one worth checking out. Higgins' sole release, 1973's Red Hash has been hailed as a tremendous influence on contemporary psychedelic folk music, and he only returned to performing live in 2005, when the record was re-released on Drag City. On Saturday night, Higgins plays at the Swedish American Hall, supported by Sean Smith and P.G. Six.

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Love is Chemicals
Photo by: Debra Zeller

Over at the Rockit Room, the day's performances start in the afternoon at 4pm, and continue until 1am. The show features a number of interesting acts, including local favorites Love is Chemicals (check out our interview here), as well as the folk-pop sounds of The Parson Red Heads and the synth-infused indie pop of Portland's Gingerbread Patriots.

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Black Fiction

The evening show at 12 Galaxies features performances a couple of our favorites, in psych/pop/R&B/great Black Fiction (featured here) and punk-influenced trio The Fucking Ocean (who we caught up with here), as well as fellow locals Lemonade, and Head Like a Kite and Skeletons and the Kings of all Cities.

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The Contractions
Photo by: f-stop Fitzgerald

And over at the Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco garage-punk band The Contractions headline a night of pop-oriented punk. The band reformed in 2006 after an initial 1979-1985 run. Joining them are Portland's Clorox Girls and Oakland's Special Ed.

There's plenty of other interesting stuff going on tonight, so check out our calendar and the MCMAF listings for more!