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In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week’s Bay Area concert scene.

The Lonely Wild at Bottom of the Hill (SF) Oct. 8
Last Thursday I made the trek up to the city to see The Lonely Wild at Bottom of the Hill. I had been confusing them with both The Wild and Wild Child for the longest time, and once I realized they were a completely different band, I gave them a listen and loved their big, huge sound. They sounded just as big and huge in person — able to weave together horns, brassy harmonies, and those weird keyboard-with-a-mouthpiece-things without at all sounding gimmicky or goofy. I planned to leave early so I could get home to the South Bay, but ended up staying almost to the end. Good times. —Jody Amable

Battles with Buke and Gase at The Fillmore (SF) Oct. 9
Buke and Gase opened Friday night for NYC’s Battles, a band that constantly experiments with their sound through computerized musical looping, off-kilter drum rhythms, and beautiful repetition followed by surprising changes. The group consists of three musicians with various musical abilities: Ian Williams switched between guitar and keyboard, Dave Konopka between guitar and bass while the remarkable John Stanier stuck to his drums, turning his set into a live embodiment of how to make rhythmic inconsistencies sound whole. —Andrea Hey

Moon Shiner & Simon Hochberg at The Octopus Literary Salon (Oak) Oct. 10
The Octopus was packed to the gills on Saturday! Moon Shiner is a duo consisting of Jenner Fox and Raph Shapiro. They sing beautiful, folksy harmonies and play excellent intertwining guitars (and guitar/mandolin). Although they met on the East coast, they have moved out west. They recently played the American Music River Festival in Placerville and already have a very dedicated following.  Simon Hochberg’s sweet solo set fit the bill perfectly. —MBL

Dailon Beats, The Floozies, and Big Gigantic at Fox Theater (Oak) Oct. 10
Local producer Dailon Beats took the stage before introducing The Floozies, two brothers from Kansas. Matt Hill, the guitarist and impresario, and drummer Mark Hill, have an enthusiastic and newfangled approach to current popular electronic music. Funky and always energetic, dynamic saxophonist and drummer duo Big Gigantic from Boulder, CO, drew quite the diverse crowd. Best known for their appearances at music festivals across the country, the live electronic mix of hip hop beats and jazz sax rocked the house. —Andrea Hey