Blank Blue began with a concept album born behind the counter of Long Beachs Fingerprints record shop, and they have now grown into a four-piece bandwith percussionist Andres Renteria and bassist Brian Martinezwho dissolve genre distinctions with a truly inclusive spirit-of-67 inspiration expanded to accommodate a sampler (and maybe a sitar?) next to the electric guitar. RZA Wilsons Pacific Ocean Blue? Thats more like a remotely appropriate jokebut Blank Blue run so deep and so calm that theres plenty of room for a few kinds of genius to play out all the way. Singer Niki Randa rises even higher alongside freshly revealed guitar-shredder Nobody on songs that ripple and curl like the ocean they were written about. Theyre a band from the wetter world, where the United States of America wrote the national anthem.
Thu., Dec. 4, 9 p.m., 2008
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