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Rogue Wave with Avi Buffalo 

March 15

10 p.m. Friday

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

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No new band has had it better and worse in the last decade than Rogue Wave. The good: a series of smart, well-received pop/rock albums, a contract with Sub Pop Records and placement in a string of high-profile film and television spots. The bad, which is so awful it just about cancels out everything that preceded it: a drummer fighting kidney failure, a singer temporarily rendered motionless after multiple slipped discs in his neck and a former bassist who died of smoke inhalation from a house fire. The Oakland quintet would be excused for wallowing on its March release and fourth LP Permalight (Brushfire), but it went the other way instead, issuing its lightest and poppiest album yet — one buoyed by a dance-calling drum patter, evaporating vocals and twinkling guitars and keys. Long Beach's Avi Buffalo, a lovely and quirky folk outfit (and recent Sub Pop signee) led by guitar-strumming, helium-huffing teenager Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, opens the smile symposium. Tickets $10.

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