LIVE: The Sonics

Iconic '60s garage band the Sonics from the Pacific Northwest brought the boom to the Belly Up, where Barrence Whitfield & the Savages and Beehive & the Barracudas opened on May 11.

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Decades before the Pacific Northwest became known for garage rock, the Sonics blurred the musical landscape -- and on May 11, they brought the fuzz to Belly Up.
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Barrence Whitfield & the Savages opened for the iconic band, and even joined the Sonics onstage for the encore: a group rendition of "Louie Louie."
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Barrence Whitfield & the Savages played their own set as well, with Beehive & the Barracudas opening the show.
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The Sonics were the first band to work with iconic female rock photographer Jini Dellaccio and are making an effort to play shows wherever the documentary about her life, "Her Aim Is True," screens.
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Today, the Sonics are Gerry Roslie (keys, lead vocals), Rob Lind (saxophone, harp, vocals), Larry Parypa (guitar, backup vocals), Dusty Watson (drums) and Freddie Dennis (bass and vocals).
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The Sonics still have three out of five original members performing, including Lind (pictured).
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Far from being an act of rebellion, the band was started by Larry Parypa at the encouragement of his parents.
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Members of San Diego band Schizophonics came out in support.
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It wasn't until 1964 that Roslie took over vocals, which marked a change in the band's trajectory.
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The Sonics released their debut LP, "Here Are the Sonics," the following year, gaining a cult following.
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In 1966, they released "Boom."
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The covers for both albums were shot by Jini Dellaccio.
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Barrence Whitfield & the Savages are vocalist Whitfield, guitarist Peter Greenberg, bassist Phil Lenker, saxophonist Tom Quartulli and drummer Andy Jody.
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Beehive & the Barracudas are a San Diego-formed garage band from the late '90s.
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