The Mother Hips, Norman

When: Fri., Aug. 2, 9 p.m. 2013

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For those who spent time in the sleepy college town of Chico, California, in the '90s, the Mother Hips were an institution almost as big as the university itself. Ask Rick Rubin, who signed the band to his American label alongside the Black Crowes, Danzig, and Slayer. But that feels like many lifetimes ago. The Mother Hips have persevered amid the usual rock 'n' roll tropes—substance abuse, personnel changes, being dropped from said label. And in 2013 it can be argued that the San Francisco four-piece are better and stronger than they've ever been. The band's latest album, Behind Beyond, plays up their strengths—intricately twangy guitars, lush harmonies, hooks, spaced-out arrangements. It shows that the Hips are not only survivors, but also still a force to be reckoned with. MARK LORE

Price: $16

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