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The San Onofre Lizards, Pill Wonder, Landlines 

When: Thu., May 8, 8 p.m. 2014
Portland rock 'n' roll outfit the San Onofre Lizards formed out of the Olympia-based band Family Stoned. While the new band may have taken root a couple hours down I-5, the songs on their self-titled cassette paint an image of them planted even further south, living easy and soaking up the desert sun like lizards. That fine-weather feeling is precisely where the three-song stretch of "Lizard's Theme," "Headed South," and "Tucson" take the listener, and it's a welcome escape from the lingering Portland rain. The tape has a Neil Young and Crazy Horse vibe that runs throughout, with "Everyone Knows (That You're Through)" heavily channeling a country-tinged, psych-rock influence. Fellow Olympia rock acts like Gun Outfit and Milk Music have left the Northwest behind for the desert of Southern California, but it seems the Lizards are content to bring that sunshine our way for the moment. CHIPP TERWILLIGER

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