Mixing together the doo wop and early rock & roll of the '50s, the dramatic girl group sounds of the '60s, and some punky snarl imported from 1977, Oakland, California's Shannon & the Clams came up with a sound that was charmingly retro but never stale. Emerging on the Northern California underground/D.I.Y. scene in 2009, the band, led by vocalist Shannon Shaw, earned a reputation as a stellar live act, and came into their own as recording artists when they signed to the Sub Pop-distributed Hardly Art label for 2013's Dreams in the Rat House and 2015's Gone by the Dawn. The group edged closer to mainstream visibility with a pair of LPs produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, 2018's Onion and 2021's Year of the Spider. Formed in the late 2000s by vocalist/bassist Shannon Shaw, vocalist/guitarist Cody Blanchard, and drummer Ian ...
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