Yep, you too are essential to the band, especially your super-sweet triangle solos. But roughly speaking, garage rock be it in, out, or lurking merrily on the fringes often comes down to one visionary or prime mover, though in the tight local music scene, one never rules out the cosmic convergence of several git-'er-done leader types.
The Gris Gris may be dormant, but the life this producer, solo artist, and guy-with-seemingly-a-jillion-bands-up-his-sleeve pulls out of his organ and guitar with Oakland's psychy-garage Sir Lord Von Raven makes us sit up, rub our eyes, and wiggle our bee-hinds a little harder as we fetch ourselves another PBR.
"I Can Read" an excellent reminder. Personal and the Pizzas is not only the funniest joke band and Dictators jab/mash note in town, but Mantles dude Drew Cramer can't stop writing catchy songs, even in the service of a Bowser-riffic group that began as an idea for a TV show. "We were going to do a sitcom The Young Onesstyle," Cramer told me this fall. "It just turned into a band. The idea is we sit around all day eating pizzas, listening to the Stooges, and drinking beer." Makes you wonder about the next warp in the more ethereal weave of the Mantles.
The Cuts appeared to go out with a bang following From Here on Out (Birdman, 2006) and the Time Flys seemed to have flown, but don't lose hope for this manic son of a record-store man: Buzzer takes its cues from the wild-child kicks of '70s glitter punk and messes with hole-in-the-head stranger dangers à la "Trepanation Blues."
Buzzer with Photobooth and Die RotzZz. Sat/31, 8 p.m., call for price. Knockout, 3223 Mission, SF. www.myspace.com/buzzeroakland 
The lady keeps the up-dos swinging at Down at Lulu's, but she also finds plenty of time to pour a lotta love into the rock scene. Top 10 makes us wanna mix cornrows in our pop charts.
Photobooth is now in the mustachioed, Oakland-by-way-of-Memphis rock 'n' roll maven's past, Snakeflower 2 is still simmering, and Bare Wires the Jay Reatard photog's old band with his River City Tanlines cohort Alicia Trout has risen once more, peopled by Paul Keelan and exTime Flys member Erin Emslie. Looking forward to BW's Artificial Clouds LP (Tic Tac Totally).
Bare Wires with Static Static and Fun Blood. Feb. 5, 9 p.m., $6. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. www.myspace.com/thebarewires 
He's the OG of garage rock in the Bay, a madman on drums and the dude can also whip out a mean rock 'n' roll DJ set. Does he get extra points because he's a genuine garage rocker? Auto repair is his forte when he isn't bashing out beats and generating positive vibes.
The one-man rock-out machine fronts the Traditional Fools, temped in the Mothballs, and recently saw his super-energized self-titled solo debut come out on John Dwyer's Castle Face label.
Feb. 6, 5 p.m., $5. University of San Francisco campus, SF. www.myspace.com/tysegall 
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Everyone loves a mystery: the Sacto band has almost zero Web presence. Also no interviews and nada on promos. According to their kinda-sorta rep, Mark of the mount saint mountain (mt.st.mtn.) label, both of Mayyors' mt.st.mtn. singles, Marines Dot Com and Megans LOLZ, were sold out in days and re-presses for show sales evaporated just as quickly. Tough, love. Yet somehow the chatter the old-school mouth-to-mouth variety is on, thanks to the blitzkrieg force of tunes like "Airplanes," bruising ultra-lo-fi Brainbombs allusions, and memorable performances like their set at 2008's Budget Rock. About as garage rock as the Coachwhips or the Hospitals, Mayyors sports FM Knives' Chris Woodhouse on guitar and Sexy Prison's John Pritchard on the mic. Oh, and me likee the outfit's soundtrack to Jay Howell's The Forest City Rockers Motorcycle Club animation.
The Tucson, Ariz., terrors have a way of bending an organ to their will and word has it they're moving to the Bay Area. www.okmoniks.com 
I'm in love with the boy-gang vocals, delivered with the proper nasality and snot levels, on the Oakland band's latest LP, Misdirection (Static Impulse). Midwestern proto-punk in the Dead Boys mode and bad-boy fast-loud-hard à la the Saints, with a dab of MC5 to do ya. With Buzzer and Bare Wires. Feb. 21, 9:30 p.m., $6. Hemlock Tavern, SF. www.myspace.com/thepetsoakland 
The SF duo always had the pop chops and ideas but somehow they just keep getting better. Garage rock gone noisy and classic rock-y at the same time. www.sicalps.com 
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