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So, What Do You Want to Do?

If you’re worried about rain chasing you from Shakespeare in the Park or Doug Yeoman’s show at Bidwell Park, there’s always the The Church at the Tralf. Here’s Brian Blackwell’s summary of the band for the Artvoice Editor’s Picks:

You’ve been at it for some time if the “new guy” in your band has been with you for 15 records. The church—and I don’t know when the band members stopped capitalizing that “c,” or if they always have and were simpy misrepresented throughout most of their careers—formed as a trio in 1980 in Sydney, Australia. There’s no sense in reciting the litany of lineup changes and solo outings that attends any band that has worked together for nearly 30 years. Instead, recall the remarkable early records—The Blurred Crusade, Heyday, Starfish—that placed the band at the fore of the neo-psychedelic movement of the 1980s. The church suffered some schisms and setbacks in the 1990s, but continued to release records, and by millennium’s end the orginal lineup (plus the “new guy”) had regrouped. The band brings its lush, shimmering sound to the Tralf this week on Tuesday (July 7), with special guest Adam Franklin

—brian blackwell

Doors 7pm, show 8pm. Tralf Music Hall (622 Main Street, 852-2860). $25 presale, $30 at the door. Tralf box office or Ticketmaster.the church