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Hocus is a three-piece rock band from Imperial Beach. With influences from far-ranging ’80s and ’90s rock with a measure of hardcore punk thrown in, Hocus performed an energetic set at the Shakedown Bar in the Midway district. Members consist of Fat Lando on guitars and vocals, Vesper on bass and vocals, and drummer Rhino keeping the beat.

The band charged through a series of songs off their album Better Than You. "Jimmy Stones" got the Shakedown set off to a rousing start, followed by a catchy "Mary's Fault," the band's new single. Especially powerful was the female bassist's growling rendition of "Yuppied Out," an angry ode to acquaintances who have sold out. Hocus played a shout-out cover of buddy band Privatized Air’s "Pain Reliever" and then concluded their set with "Banshee," which morphed into "Bipolar Girl," a song that, according to guitarist Lando, calls out attractive women who play games with men.

The Hocus set was saucy yet smooth; melodic rock but with some raw punk thrown into the mix. Keep them on your radar.

  • Concert: Hocus
  • Date: December 16
  • Venue: Shakedown Bar
  • Seats: Front bar stool
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fatlando Dec. 22, 2010 @ 5:41 p.m.

Some more info on Hocus!

new single - Mary's Fault Recorded December 1st 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSSqBj...

new single - Mary's Fault released on December 7th via Interscope Digital Distributon: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/marys-fault-single/id408738409

hocus recording "Banshee" at Signature Sound Studios http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb54vNAQpvA&feature=related

Hocus Fall 2010 06 Aug: Mc Dini's, National City, Ca 07 Aug: 30th U.S. Open Sand Castle Competition, Imperial Beach, 14 Aug: Orange County Fair (The Meadows Stage), Costa Mesa, Ca 14 Aug: North Park Music Thing 2010, (Club Kadan) San Diego, Ca 09 Sep: Second Wind Bar Navajo, Linda Vista, Ca 19 Sep: The Metaphor Cafe, Escondido, Ca 07 Oct: Boar's Crossn, Carlsbad, Ca 30 Oct: Dream Street Live, Ocean Beach, Ca 31 Oct: Kava Lounge, San Diego, Ca 03 Nov: The Sky Box, Clairemont, Ca 06 Nov: Winstons, Ocean Beach, Ca 12 Nov: The Kensington Club, San Diego, Ca 30 Nov: O'Connell's, San Diego, Ca 01 Dec: Southwestern College, Chula Vista, Ca 01 Dec: Pure Platnium, Kearny Mesa, Ca 16 Dec: The Shake Down, Point Loma, Ca 29 Dec: Pure Platnium, Kearny Mesa, Ca 30 Dec: Eleven, San Diego, Ca

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PrivatizedAir Dec. 23, 2010 @ 11:36 p.m.

Also "Pain Reliever" is a Hocus song. But thanks for mentioning it.

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