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Preview: Ty Segall with Wand and Babes 

Noah Bonaparte Pais previews the California guitar god’s show at One Eyed Jacks Sept. 6

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Eleven months is a perfectly reasonable time between albums for anyone except Ty Segall. In the 15 months before his 2013 debut as Fuzz, the California guitar god issued a staggering four LPs, a bonus set of demos and a raft of 7-inch singles. A calendar year off qualifies as a hiatus. As if to repay the debt, Segall returned with a four-sided dynamo: Manipulator (Drag City), 17 tracks and 57 minutes that sample every mirth and madness in his bonfire back catalog. Twin six-string harmonics, faux-British metallics, serpentine psych/rock and falsetto glam all make an appearance before the end of the opening title track. "Tall Man Skinny Lady" fashions a hook out of the "ahh" after a sip of soda pop. "The Singer" turns the love song into a whispery, devilish advocate. On "Feel," "Green Belly" and "Mister Main," Segall cedes the lead instrumental voice to liquid drum and bass lines filtered to startling clarity for a guy with his own custom Death By Audio effects pedal (the golden "Sunshine Reverberation"). Credit producer Chris Woodhouse, who seemingly gives every musical phrase a display case; or Segall's recent move from San Francisco to Los Angeles, where he's already morphing into a silver-lipped, third-eyed man who fell to Earth. Either way, it's time off well spent. Wand and Babes, both 2014 breakouts, open. Tickets $14 in advance, $16 at the door.


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