Concert preview: Thee Oh Sees remain both prolific and powerful

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From the October 24, 2013 edition

Like fellow San Franciscan Ty Segall, the John Dwyer-fronted garage-rockers in Thee Oh Sees are admirably prolific, having released seven studio albums in the last five years — not to mention a slew of EPs, 7-inch records and contributions to various compilations, soundtracks, etc.

Somehow, though, the steady stream of output hasn’t watered down the band’s sound in the slightest, and its latest album, Floating Coffin, stands among its best.

Compared with previous efforts, however, Coffin could almost be described as tame. There’s less genre-jumping, and Dwyer’s livewire vocals are less frayed and (slightly) more docile. In turn, though, the band amps up the power, playing with noticeable muscle that gives the songs additional impact.

The Blind Shake and OBN Ills open the show.