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Loma Prieta's hard quake

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When Sean Leary and Devon Rumrill formed the Petaluma hardcore band Archeopteryx in 1996, the longtime friends probably couldn't have imagined the confused reaction that their manic, frenetic band would inspire.

Case in point: Near the end of their run, Leary, above, recalled that a certain fan, layered in some kind of strange mid-aughts post-post-irony, remarked that "You know, I really liked your band when I thought you weren't a real band, but then, like, someone told me that you guys think you're a real band, and I don't really know if I like you so much anymore."

What is a "real band"? Loma Prieta, the hardcore quartet that Leary has fronted since 2005, probably fits the vague requirement. Loma Prieta has toured the globe, and freshly released their fourth album, I.V., a blistering set that marks their debut on high-profile hardcore label Deathwish. It marks their best work since the blistering 2008 album Last City, and is poised to reach a wide, nonconfused audience. Before Loma Prieta travel the country yet again over the next two months, they'll revisit Leary's old stomping grounds in a tour kickoff show with All Teeth, Skin Like Iron, Birds in Row and Between Ships. Originally scheduled at the Transient Lounge, the show's now on Friday, March 2, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 6:30pm. $8. 707.528.3009.—Gabe Meline

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