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Exray’s and Tim Cohen celebrate new records at Cafe Du Nord

Jon Bernson and Tim Cohen have played together in Window Twins and Black Fiction, but on Friday, February 4th, the duo are celebrating new albums by their bands Exray’s and Tim Cohen’s Magick Trick. For Exray’s, it’s the band’s first full length, and comes after a lot of buzz and inclusion in the soundtrack for The Social Network; for Cohen, it’s the latest solo release from one of the Bay’s best artists. The show happens at Cafe Du Nord (9pm, $12), and also features Fiveng and DJ Cyclyst.

Exray’s – “Hesitation”
Tim Cohen – “Oh, Oh, Oh”

Cass McCombs plays a free show in advance of Wit’s End

Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs, who grew up in Concord, recently announced the upcoming release of Wit’s End, his fifth full length release, on April 12th. Before embarking on a U.S. tour this summer, he’ll be performing at one of the free Clift Sessions at the Clift Hotel this Friday night.

Cass McCombs – County Line by DominoRecordCo

Oakland’s The New Parish celebrates its one year anniversary

Venues frequently have short life spans these days, so The New Parish‘s one year anniversary is definitely worth celebrating. Friday night, February 4th, the party’s free before 11pm, with DJs from HOTTUB and special guest Amp Live.

HOTTUB – “1-2-3-GO!”
Why? – “Bezerkely (Amp Live Remix)”

The Midnight Snackers

The Midnight Snackers throw an EP release party at Kimo’s

SF’s The Midnight Snackers (whose ranks include TBB contributor Aaron Sankin) celebrate the release of the group’s first EP at Kimo’s (9pm, $6) on Thursday, February 3rd. Although there’s a definite garage rock rawness to the music, some of the band’s songs also have a sprawling, psych-prog ambitiousness.