A Cheater’s Guide to Thee Oh Sees

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With all due respect to fellow San Franciscan psych-pushers Ty Segall and the Fresh & Onlys, there’s a pretty good reason why Thee Oh Sees inspire more rapt fan devotion than any of their peers. They’ve always been a little weirder and a little more art-damaged. Their songs have always been a little more exploratory and more beholden to the “psychedelic” descriptors, making them the perfect band to take hallucinogenic drugs to. And let’s not forget they’re easily one of the greatest live acts in America right now.

In the short four years and change since Thee Oh Sees transmogrified from frontman John Dwyer’s weirdo-folk solo/side project to arguably the most beloved group of musicians in the Bay Area’s exhaustively populated garage-rock scene, the quartet has amassed a great deal of material, releasing six full-length records and over a dozen EPs, singles, live albums, and rarities compilations. Such a massive treasure trove would be intimidating to sift through on one’s own, which is why we’re here. There’s nothing wrong with having a cheat sheet sometimes. While you’re waiting for their 14th(!) record Putrifiers II (out tomorrow, 9/11, on In the Red), find some different ways into their discography, below:

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