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Five thoughts from Dwarves’ January 18 show at LVCS

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Dwarves leader Blag Dahlia performs at LVCS.
Photo: Chase Stevens
Chris Bitonti

1. Old-school punk faithfuls turned out in droves Saturday to see Dwarves and five other bands perform on what was sure to be a late night.

2. Fearless Dwarves leader Blag “The Ripper” Dahlia led his band into the desert without his right-hand man, legendary masked guitarist HeWhoCannotBeNamed, who stayed back in Oakland to perform a solo show.

3. Though the guys might be slowing down physically after three decades as a band, they’re still as offensive musically as 17-year-old gutter-punks. If you take it personally you just don’t get it.

4. Dwarves performed an uncharacteristically long 40-minute set, nearly twice as long as the last time I saw them.

5. If you missed it, don’t worry: Dwarves announced they’ll be back in town for May’s Punk Rock Bowling festival.

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  • The California goth-punk veterans are an efficient hard-rock machine, as they proved over the course of 70 minutes.

  • The three-night total: 77 songs, without a repeat. That’s how you take over a venue.

  • He changed costumes often, but it would have been a fun set even with my eyes closed.

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