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He is the man that your head-banging, no-good punk ass needs to thank immediately for keeping rock 'n' roll brash, beautifully loud, unpredictable, and incredibly exciting. Over the course of six years and dozens of albums, EPs, and singles, Ty Segall, the 27-year-old Orange County-bred and Bay Area-ripened rock virtuoso, has industriously infused an almost antiquated genre with new sounds and new life, as he blends the dark delights of Sabbath and the trippiness of psych with the million other brilliant strains of fuzzy tuneage that swirl forever through the hidden chambers of his kaleidoscopic mind. But it's not just the ingenuity and originality of his recorded product -- Ty Segall is also one of the most scintillating showmen around. He arrives on the stage, an unassuming, blond, baby-faced angel who proceeds to bring knee-shaking intensity, physicality, and intimacy to each moment. Segall doesn't have to encourage extreme reactions from the crowd, he inspires them. At SXSW in 2011, we witnessed a man climb onto a giant speaker, over a dozen feet in the air, and fling himself -- safety be damned -- down into a furiously frothing crowd. Aside from combustible live gigs, Segall's also notorious for his prolific musical output, usually working with friends in various iterations, such as Fuzz and the Ty Segall Band. "I'm a huge fan of my friends' music. I consider myself lucky to have friends that make a bunch of crazy music," he says, mentioning a few acts that he digs, from the Zig Zags and Meatbodies to Wands, whose new album, Ganglion Reef, was released via his God? imprint on the Drag City record label. However, Segall's most recent effort, Manipulator, was crafted solo. It took him much longer to complete than previous albums, but it was worth the extra time. "I like to think that in the moment of every record I've done that I've tried the hardest on it or whatever," he says, adding with a laugh, "But I do feel that I'm happy with [this one]."