It's been almost three-and-a-half decades since San Francisco bands like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape and Quicksilver Messenger Service let loose with the first wave of feedback-filled, psychedelia-laced rock & roll. Today, all those bands have faded into memories (and multi-CD retrospective collections). But at least one Bay Area band, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, is still performing in its distinctive '50s-era style.The Hot Licks sound didn't qualify as psychedelic then, and it doesn't now. But it certainly is unique, blending elements of 1930s small-group swing, ragtime, vaudeville and novelty tunes in a lineup based on the guitar/violin approach pioneered by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Combined with Hicks' fast-paced, surrealistic lyrics, this musical approach has yielded such off-the-wall classics as "I Scare Myself," "Walking One and Only" and "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away." Today's version of the Hot Licks features longtime Hicks cohort Sid Page on violin, and, judging by the sound of the... More >>>