Shana Cleveland (of La Luz) record release show at Swedish American Hall. With special guests Sagittaire. Co-presented by Talent Moat and Noise Pop.
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Shana Cleveland (of La Luz) record release show at Swedish American Hall. With special guests Sagittaire. Co-presented by Talent Moat and Noise Pop.

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7:30pm. 18+. Fully seated show (first-come, first-served). $18/20.

Advance tix now on sale

Shana Cleveland has been beguiling listeners for years in her role as the superlative frontwoman for elastic surf rockers La Luz. Now Cleveland is evolving her sound on the new solo full-length Night of the Worm Moon, a serene album that flows like a warm current while simultaneously wresting open a portal to another dimension.

As much a work of California sci-fi as Octavia Butler’s Parable novels, Night of the Worm Moon incorporates everything from alternate realities to divine celestial bodies. Inspired in part by one of her musical idols, the Afro-futurist visionary Sun Ra (the album’s title is a tip of the hat to his 1970 release Night of the Purple Moon), the record blends pastoral folk with cosmic concerns.

Cleveland dreamt up this premise while living in Los Angeles, a city where–as deftly explored on La Luz’s recent Floating Features–reality and fantasy casually co-exist. One particularly evocative scene laid the groundwork for Night of the Worm Moon’s psychedelic undercurrents. As Cleveland tells it, “Shortly after I moved to Los Angeles I went to a hip hotel to watch a poolside screening of a documentary about a local alien-worshiping cult. Out front celebrities were getting out of the backs of cars and rushing past autograph hounds into some roped-off room where a secret dinner was about to commence. In the lobby a woman was being paid to exist inside a glass box. [Then] a car dressed as a spaceship pulled up in front to release 30 white doves into the sky above Sunset Boulevard.”

Appropriately enough, Night of the Worm Moon was recorded during a rare cosmic occurrence: 2017’s solar eclipse. “We took a break from recording during [the] totality and looked at the sun’s image through a piece of cardboard projecting onto a garbage can,” Cleveland says. “When we came back inside the studio was covered in dozens of tiny crescent suns, refracted from a mirrored disco ball that [engineer Johnny Goss] had hanging in a window.” Abetting Cleveland during the recording process was a familiar gallery of co-conspirators: multi-instrumentalist Will Sprott of Shannon & the Clams, original La Luz bassist Abbey Blackwell, Goss, pedal steel player Olie Eshelman, and Kristian Garrard, who drummed on Cleveland’s previous solo effort (with then-backing band The Sandcastles), 2015’s Oh Man, Cover the Ground.

But whereas that album was internal and contemplative, Night of the Worm Moonoccupies a different, vibrant kind of headspace. UFO sightings, insect carcasses, and twilight dimensions are all grist for Cleveland’s restless creativity, and they and other inspirations collide beautifully on the album’s 10 kaleidoscopic tracks–a spacebound transmission from America’s weirdo frontier.


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SAGITTAIRE

San Francisco based singer-songwriter Ivan Mairesse, better known as Sagittaire creates artsy, atmospheric, pop for life's more intimate and introspective moments.

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Cube (album release), Modern Dance, Zachary James Watkins at The Knockout
Apr
5
9:00 PM21:00

Cube (album release), Modern Dance, Zachary James Watkins at The Knockout

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$10/12. Advance tickets on sale

Cube is the prolific and chimeric nom de plume of one Adam Keith, formidable tape experimentalist and artist / abraser currently operating in Oakland, California's vibrant subterranea. After countless cassette releases, 2016's well-received My Cube LP and a tenure in no-wave faction Mansion, Keith reaffirms Cube's pledge with Decoy Street – his second album and the most developed work he has made under any guise to date.

Opener "In This House" serves as the ideal introduction to Cube: cellular interference, colliding circuitry, metal-on-metal grind and simplistic guitar distortion meet a towering and damaged beat. While "Habit" merges downtempo and industrial touchstones via layers of heavily treated vocals, "Sanctuary" tilts further towards propulsion – a dark treatise on discomfort, yet contagious enough to charm DIY and post-punk devotees.

Released on W.25TH, Superior Viaduct's sub-label for contemporary bands, Decoy Street is recommended for fans of Prurient, Puce Mary and Alan Vega.

Modern Dance
Proto street hassle stupor group featuring members of Life Stinks and Rays.

Zachary James Watkins

Noise + resonance + harmonics from Oakland-based Zachary James Watkins performing solo music for guitar, electronics, and devices.

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Kowloon Walled City, Great Falls (Seattle), Heiress (Seattle) at the Ivy Room
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Kowloon Walled City, Great Falls (Seattle), Heiress (Seattle) at the Ivy Room

Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pm. $10.00 - $12.00 / 21+. Advance tickets now on sale.

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KOWLOON WALLED CITY
San Francisco’s Kowloon Walled City is a post-metal group fronted by Scott Evans. It's a glorious trainwreck of AmRep-style noise rock sculpted into minimalist shapes, with a structure that becomes a metaphor for hollowness of all kinds.

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GREAT FALLS
Three piece from Seattle. A couple of us were in Playing Enemy. That worked out for awhile. One of us is in Jesu. That works out well. One of us played in both Kiss It Goodbye and Undertow and was the roadie for Deadguy during their peak. Another one of us played in Black Noise Cannon. Their last show was with Corrupted. One of us was also in a band that played mostly Diamondhead covers. Amazing. All three of us play very aggressive music that is not as hard to understand as some people like to say. We like anger. We like volume. We like slow music and we like fast music. One of us is also a professional writer. That person did not write this.


HEIRESS
Older Seattle gentlemen making loud beard metal.

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Las Sucias, Special Interest (New Orleans), NEON, Drama, DJ 8ulentina
Apr
16
8:00 PM20:00

Las Sucias, Special Interest (New Orleans), NEON, Drama, DJ 8ulentina

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$8/10. Adv. tickets now on sale.

Las Sucias is a duo formed by Danishta Rivero and Alexandra Buschman, mixing anti-patriarchal riotgrrrl lyrics, afro- caribbean rhythms, brujería noise and possessed vocals. Each performance is a ritual that combines all of the senses and elevates into a higher realm, inspiring the listener to dance, speak in tongues, laugh hysterically and get possessed by the spirits awoken.

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"Special Interest draws from the no wave sound of late ‘70s New York, an art rock movement falling somewhere between punk and new wave, but noisily eschewing the conventions of either genre. A veritable underground New Orleans supergroup—featuring members of Mystic Inane, TV-MA, Patsy, Psychic Hotline, MAL FLORA, and Lassie—the band’s new album, Spiraling, was produced by local virtuoso Quintron.” - Anti-Gravity

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Everything you could possibly want in punk music. If not, interrogate the integrity of your desires. NEON is a four-piece medium translating the universal howling female shitstorm alive and kicking within us all. Do you seek adventure? Justification for further recorded sound from a guitar? For those bored to tears by predictable rock'n'roll formula and pseudo-punk box-ticking, predictable posturing, NEON is a psychedelic diamond in the barren toxic rough. Yes, Virginia, there really are freaks still residing in a California. 100% proof adult women must escalate the full takeover of all aspects of punk everything. Neon will make you radiant and happy, probably more desirable.”

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Drama

Dreamy radical anxious magical angels playing punk, post punk, fem punk.

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Damo Suzuki (of CAN 1970-1973) at the Ivy Room
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

Damo Suzuki (of CAN 1970-1973) at the Ivy Room


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$30 adv. Adv. tickets now on sale!

This is Damo Suzuki’s first US tour in over 10 years. For fans of krautrock and psychedelia, this is not to be missed! Best known for his work with the pioneering German group Can,
Damo Suzuki is a vocalist and improvisational musician whose creative wanderlust has taken him around the world, performing with a dizzying variety of collaborators.

Suzuki had little experience as a musical performer before joining Can in 1970, but his bold, theatrical style and abstract lyrical sensibility put its stamp on three of the group's most memorable albums (1971's Tago Mago, 1972's Ege Bamyasi, and 1973's Future Days) before he left the group in 1973.

After a decade away from music, Suzuki returned in 1983, shunning the recording studio in favor of improvised live performances, a number of which have been recorded and released, among them 2000's Seattle, 2002's P.R.O.M.I.S.E., and 2007's The Fire of Heaven at the End of the Universe.

Working with established groups as well as "sound carriers" he often has never met before walking on-stage, Suzuki's music in the 21st century has found him relentlessly exploring the boundaries of spontaneous creativity.

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Mane, Susan (LA), Seablite at the Ivy Room
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Mane, Susan (LA), Seablite at the Ivy Room

8pm doors, 9pm show. $8/10. 21+. Adv. tix on sale.

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MANE

Alpha females creating new sound from elements of post-punk and gothic dark wave

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Susan are three women from Los Angeles who make fun, catchy, hook-filled garage-punk-pop. Formed in 2012, the band makes music that blares with early Dum Dum Girls, Toronto’s The Beaches, and touches of Elastica.

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Seablite

4 piece odd pop from San Francisco.

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Flat Worms (Drag City/Castle Face), Warm Drag (In the Red), Jealousy at The Knockout
Apr
27
9:00 PM21:00

Flat Worms (Drag City/Castle Face), Warm Drag (In the Red), Jealousy at The Knockout

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$10/12. Adv. tix now on sale

Flat Worms are a band from Los Angeles. They released their 7” on Volar Records and their debut LP on Castle Face Records. They continue their ride on a buzzsaw wave of feedback-tipped riffs into the middle distance, smog choked sunset receding in the rearview, a thousand yard dead-pan surgically pinned to a high octane set of boredom energized punk pistons. Flat Worms – an ears-a-ringing missive from the end of the cul-de-sac, the mirage of direction wavering above a mid-sized American suburb at dusk, constellations bleached black by the sprawl. A little Wipers, a little Wire, and a lot of late-capitalist era anxious energy.




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Warm Drag are a musical two piece. A two-sided conversation. Two devils on your shoulders, one of them telling you to take that drug, sleep with that person and steal that car. The other devil is whispering that you should hit the reverb pedal and turn the volume alllll the way up.

Warm Drag listen to both devils. And they are bringing their samplers-and-switchblade post-noir noise disco to you this summer, with their self-titled debut on In The Red.

The two people in Warm Drag do specific things. Vashti Windish sings, the way Siouxsie sang power, the way Nico sang allure, the way Patti sang sex. Paul Quattrone makes the noise with two Akai MPC 1000 samplers. Beats that pummel or seduce, usually simultaneously, synths that soar like Morricone or pump like DAF, and gloriously twangy guitars that clang and echo like Duane Eddy spiraling down a k-hole.

Windish and Quattrone have history. They’ve lived and they’ve been in bands. Quattrone is a drummer in the current powerhouse Oh Sees lineup, which should be enough of a recommendation for anyone, but hey, this guy’s also been in !!! and Modey Lemon too. Windish cut her teeth in bands including the K-Holes and Golden Triangle, back in her native New York.

A chance reunion in Los Angeles led Quattrone and Windish to attempt the outlandish ambition of marrying her love for the genre-defying genius of Blondie’s Parallel Lines (the first cassette she ever owned) to Quattrone’s love of Bomb Squad’s production styles.

“I loved Parallel Lines when I was five,” Windish recalls. “Warm Drag is my first band that has the ability to blend genres up into a musical milkshake that remains uniform despite all of its parts. I can scream, dance, cry, rage and seduce, all in a single show.”

“I basically wanna make Bomb Squad versions of rock n roll songs,” Quattrone says. “It sounds weird but I can hear a common ground where girl groups, dub, harsh noise, minimal synth, repetitious industrial, voodoo percussion, power electronics, black leather jacket rock n roll and DJ Screw-inspired slowing down/pitching down of samples all meet.”

Lyrically, Warm Drag dive head-first into right now, careening from love to the end times, broken hearts to rotting bodies, devastation and lies and emotional self-defense. They have something to say, but they’d never be so gauche as to over-explain. Listen closely.

They’ve been winning over notoriously-inert Los Angeles audiences for a year now. An early show caught he eye of Ian Svenonius. “Their cut-up collage of electronic stomp-music embodied everything people were searching for that summer,” he remembers. “There were just two of them but the sound was magnificent. Vashti was a revelation and Paul looked tough and cool and preoccupied in just the right way. Let’s hope they achieve the success they deserve.”

Warm Drag are the soundtrack to the best night of your life. It probably hasn’t happened yet, or maybe it happened in Berlin, in 1980. You won’t remember much, but you still have this record, and a few bruises, to jolt your memory. Sangfroid has never been sexier.


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A one-man project of experimental twisting and turning, JEALOUSY is the brainchild of CCR HEADCLEANER’s Mark Treise. His sophomore record, Paid for It, manifests like a vision. Looped, layered and distorted, the sounds come together like a series of fragmented images flickering through Treise’s mind.

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Moaning (LA, Sub Pop), Violent Change, Modern Dance (members of Rays, Life Stinks) at Ivy Room
May
14
8:00 PM20:00

Moaning (LA, Sub Pop), Violent Change, Modern Dance (members of Rays, Life Stinks) at Ivy Room

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8pm doors, 9pm show. $10/12. Adv. tickets now on sale

MOANING

Los Angeles-band Moaning is the abrasive post-punk trio comprised of Sean Solomon, Pascal Stevenson, and Andrew MacKelvie. The three initially met as teenagers while growing up in the San Fernando Valley, and immediately developed a kinship through Los Angeles’s local music scene. The three began regularly frequenting DIY institutions like The Smell and Pehrspace, eventually selling out dozens of their shows at both venues with their first few bands. From the sentimental to catastrophic, hiding meek and introspective lyrics within powerful droning dance songs, the music Moaning makes also gives sonic nods to some of the band’s musical heroes like New Order, Broadcast, and Slowdive.

VIOLENT CHANGE

Hazy pop channeling a Swell Maps meets Guided by Voices vibe. A churning wash of guitars and driving rhythms topped off by guitarist/vocalist Matt Bleyle’s distinctive laconic deadpan vocals.

MODERN DANCE
Street hassle stupor group featuring members of Life Stinks and Rays.

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Andy Human and the Reptoids, Very Paranoia, FNU Clone at SF Eagle
May
16
9:00 PM21:00

Andy Human and the Reptoids, Very Paranoia, FNU Clone at SF Eagle

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Thurs., May 16th. 9:00pm, $8.

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ANDY HUMAN AND THE REPTOIDS

"Oakland squirm punks Andy Human & The Reptoids are back with another long player and it’s charging through the hallways ripping down your Duran Duran posters and spray-painting DEVO all over the walls. Human (nee Jordan) has been mining the nerd curdle of the ‘80s for some time now, though Psychic Sidekick might be his most complete vision yet. While they’re a bit more constrained than similar t-zone dropouts like Ausmuteants, Timmy Vulgar, or Hierophants – the band doesn’t scrape the glue-soaked freak centers as often as others – they still know how to inject a good dose of plastic shrapnel into their brand of punk. When they’re at their best they’re echoing high quality discomfort warriors like Twinkeyz and Simply Saucer for next gen of back row miscreants and the new LP rounds up quite a lot of their best. Guitars thrash, a haze of ionospheric synth static rains down, and Jordan’s nasal vocal puncture is exactly what’s called for to keep the insomniac punks running ‘til dawn. - Raven Sings the Blues

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Sporting members of Hot Lunch and Annihilation Time, VERY PARANOIA is a San Francisco unit operated by four veterans of the Psychic Wars. This band embodies what is, and will always be, crude, raw mechanical violence. Its deafening sound has been shaped by the cult-artists and underground characters found in the multiple sub-genres that have caused hearing loss throughout the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

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FNU CLONE

Screwed dystopian space punk. All alien soundtracks and DMT nightmares. Ripping riffs, hard driving bass lines, modulated vocals, and layers upon layers of synth texture and sinister sounds. A masterpiece of twisted psychedelic hate made to rot your mind and kill your speakers!!  Total Punk

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Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkeybirds, Midnite Snaxxx
Jun
13
8:00 PM20:00

Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkeybirds, Midnite Snaxxx

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Thurs., 6/13. 8pm doors, 9pm show. $20. Advance tickets now on sale.

SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB

There comes a moment in every Slim Cessna’s Auto Club show when you realize you’re seeing something you’ll never see anywhere else. It’s Slim Cessna in a white cowboy hat and beard, the lights haloing his ungainly frame, horn-rimmed glasses flashing through the smoke. He’s trading lyrics and insults with Munly Munly, gaunt and strange, dressed in a shade of black particular to preachers and burnt down barns. Their voices rise and converge in the kind of exquisite harmony usually found in Sacred Harp congregations, and then the band cuts loose, the best live band in the world, and the two men are doing battle, playing out some cathartic war between good and evil on stage. Or trading dance steps. You can’t tell.

I said the best live band in the world, and I ain’t the only one. No Depression and Spin Magazine have said the same. This is a band that’s held its own onstage with everybody from Johnny Cash to the Dresden Dolls. But you listen to the recording of “That Fierce Cow is Common Sense in a Country Dress,” and it’ll take you just about four minutes before you realize you’re listening to the best band in the world, period. It’s Lord Dwight Pentacost leading the lunatic rapture on his Jesus and Mary double-necked guitar; Rebecca Vera playing pedal steel so sublimely that I swear to God you can see the ghost of Ralph Mooney circling the stage; and, holding down the rhythm section like they have with each other since seventh grade, The Peeler on drums and Danny Pants on the doghouse bass, driving the band, making you lose your damn mind.

They’ve been making music for over twenty years, and there is, quite simply, nothing else like it. It’s gospel music, is what I’ve decided. Gospel music for a blasted world. A world straining and bursting in constant pain, but one that can’t help but overspill with joy – even knowing better. And the songs, Jesus. Songs about Colorado Indian hater John Chivington, alien abductions, patricide, a man born without a spine. This is the wild, bloody and weird America of Harry Crews, the only America worth a damn. It’s what Flannery O’Connor was trying to say when she wrote of dark romances and the grotesque. If you’ve got a heart, these songs’ll break it, and if you’ve got any laughter left in you, they’ll beat it out of you until you cry.

I probably can’t improve on what Jello Biafra said about Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, that they’re “the country band that plays the bar at the end of the world.” But I like to think that as long as they’re around, they can still save us from that end. Or at least from what currently passes as country music.

– Benjamin Whitmer

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KID CONGO AND THE PINK MONKEYBIRDS’ fourth and strongest album yet for In The Red Records, “La Araña Es La Vida”, summons the Mexican muse of The Great Spider Goddess of Teoticuhan, who sprouts hallucinogenic morning glories and protects the underworld, or in Kid’s eyes, the world of underground music. Recorded at The Harveyville High School gym in Kansas, Guitar slinger and singer, the legendary Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds), bassist Kiki Solis (Baby Baby Dance With Me, Knife in The Water, Rhythm of Black Lines), drummer Ron Miller (Switch Hitter, Up The Academy) are joined by Chicano, Mosrite playing guitarist Mark Cisneros (Medications, Deathfix) on this self-produced ball of wax.

“La Araña Es La Vida” rocks n rolls it’s way thru a planet of Glamazons (Psychic Future), blisters with the tricks of a “Magic Machine” then gets to work out a low rider groove on “Chicano Studies”. Tales of gender bending, disembodied heads, gente from La Puente and even a TCB-era, Elvis-inspired rave up on “Karate Monkey” is merely a smatter of the magic on this platter.

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MIDNITE SNAXXX “Since their 2017 record, Chew On This, Oakland’s Midnite Snaxxx have been spitting singles in fits and starts, but the short forms remain their forte. No disrespect to the full length lovers, but the band’s whiplash spirt is best captured between two sides of short attention span snotty punk built for sunshine hijinx. The A-side, “Let Me Do What I Want,” is a denim-vested world beater that’s not content to take no for an answer and isn’t afraid to lob the first volley in food fight fisticuffs. The song might as well stand as a credo for the California combo – loud, fast and brash – it’s a femme punk fuck you to the ruling class, or at the very least, a middle finger to the store manager on the way out of the sliding doors.“ - Raven Sings the Blues



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Sweet Knives (Memphis, ex-Lost Sounds), The Control Freaks, Dots at Thee Parkside
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Sweet Knives (Memphis, ex-Lost Sounds), The Control Freaks, Dots at Thee Parkside

8:00pm doors, 9:00pm show. $10 adv., $12 door. Adv. tickets on sale

SWEET KNIVES

"In 2005 Memphis black-wave synth punk band Lost Sounds called it quits after being kicked out of a house in Stuttgart in the middle of a long long night. With that, four albums and numerous singles and outtakes releases were leftover, and the brutal live show would never happen again. As Jay Reatard (½ of the Lost Sounds songwriting team with Alicja Trout) continued to grow his hopeful career on Matador Records the other band members moved on down less-publicised roads.

Rich Crook, drummer of Lost Sounds, formed Lover! and THING and toured as singer/guitar player. Alicja toured with River City Tanlines, Black Sunday, Mouserocket, and released solo recordings as Alicja-pop. Meanwhile time was healing the wounds that had caused the band break-up.

Sadly, Jay’s light died in January 2010.So, what was to become of the 100+ Lost Sounds song catalog? Alicja, Rich, and original member John Garland have brought back a set of tunes from the old Lost Sounds closet. Along with Johnny Valiant on bass they are called Sweet Knives, named after a song from the Lost Sounds 2004 In The Red “Future Touch” seven song EP.

Lost Sounds was known for a sound filled with angst, paranoia, and anxiety all rolled up in a synth laden rock n roll tasty burrito. Sweet Knives carries on the quest with a new delivery, less likely to fall apart and fall off stage, and more likely to infect a room with a symphony of sharpened blades.


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THE CONTROL FREAKS

After years of clenching our fists and throwing tantrums like they were hand grenades, Greg Lowery of The Rip Offs, Supercharger and some other jerky combos finally granted us our wish and slapped us silly with this LP from his latest no-count crew CONTROL FREAKS. Be careful what you wish for, indeed! This is snot-caked Bay Area slime by abusive maniacs with the teen-beat on lockdown, and they will C.O.N.T.R.O.L. your last remaining brain cells! “Mindless Entertainment” got all the obnoxious pop you can handle: “Hollywood” is classic G-Lo retardation, and guitarist Natalie Sweet is making us itch sharing vocal doodies all over the album in her best Edith Bunker impression. Keep punk stupid, stupid!

DOTS

Featuring members of FM Knives and Midnite Snaxxx, two b(r)and names you can trust!!!

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Amyl & the Sniffers (AUS), Nopes, Manback at Thee Parkside! Co-presented by KXSF and Burger Boogaloo! SOLD OUT, THANKS!
Mar
22
9:00 PM21:00

Amyl & the Sniffers (AUS), Nopes, Manback at Thee Parkside! Co-presented by KXSF and Burger Boogaloo! SOLD OUT, THANKS!

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SOLD OUT

Amyl and the Sniffers are a grimy pub rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Amy Taylor (vocals), Bryce Wilson (drums) and Declan Martens (guitar) are former housemates who formed the band, wrote a handful of tunes and released their debut EP, Giddy Up, all in a span of twelve hours. Completing their line up with Gus Romer on bass, Amyl and the Sniffers took their cues from a diverse mix of genres including pub rock, Aussie punk and country. They set out to have as much fun as possible and scared up a whole lot of fans along the way.

Amyl and the Sniffers’ second EP, Big Attractions, was released in February 2017, kicking off a stellar year. Growing buzz made them a hot tip on the Australian festival circuit including mind-blowing sets at Bigsound, Meredith Music Festival, Cherry Rock and Boogie, capping things off with a sold-out NYE show.

2018 started with a bang, with the band invited to support Foo Fighters on a leg of their Australian tour. Australian publication The Music named Amyl and the Sniffers a ‘Band to Watch in 2018’ and put them on the cover. Both PBS FM and Triple R FM made the record ‘Album of the Week’ and the band sold out multiple Australian headline shows.

Meanwhile, the Amyl buzz began to travel abroad. Limited edition vinyl copies of Giddy Up/Big Attractions flew off the shelves, pushing Amyl and the Sniffers into the Top 40 on the UK Vinyl Charts. The band made their international debut at The Great Escape festival in May, followed by sold out headline shows in London, before flying out to the Los Angeles to join King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard on a 20-date tour of the United States.

Amyl and the Sniffers debut album is due out in early 2019.

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The debut full-length by Bay Area punk foursome Nopes, features 12 squirmy songs, each a sputtering projectile following its own discrete, haphazard trajectory. As for mood, that dopey, deadbeat-chic album cover is telling: On Never Heard of It, day jobs are a scourge and jokes abound (even if it’s just naming a song “Duran Duran Duran”). But more than other garage-adjacent punk records, the players are distinct enough to animate a dozen tracks: the rhythm section swerves and strikes like boxers, in unison, until violently entangled. Fighting imagery aside, it’s the impish and kinetic guitar that has the lead voice on this album, with its zippy melodic runs and pitch-bent discord. - Sam Lefebvre, Bandcamp

Manback

Members of Lecherous Gaze, Ruleta Rusa



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Lithics (Portland, Kill Rock Stars), The World, Neon at the Ivy Room -- adv. tix now on sale
Mar
2
8:00 PM20:00

Lithics (Portland, Kill Rock Stars), The World, Neon at the Ivy Room -- adv. tix now on sale

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LITHICS is a four person minimalist punk band from Portland, Oregon formed in late 2014. Over the last year and a half they have refined a sound focusing on interlocked bass and drum rhythms paired with shrill guitar counterpoint and stark female vocals. While counting Wire, The Fall, Devo, Pylon, The Shadow Ring, and Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band as reference points, the band’s concerns are contemporary and urgent. An injection of uptight, nervous energy into the reverb drenched complacency of today’s musical underground.


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THE WORLD are five people from Oakland, California who write rambunctious dance music with a post punk tool kit and an insightful yet short attention span. Their songs typically clock in around two minutes long and are a wild head-rush of Amber Sermeno's funk-minded bass lines and shuddering dubbed-out guitar courtesy of Andy Jordan. Amber also sings alongside Elyse Schrock, who anchors their propulsive songs with some supremely robust drumming. The steady beat is bolstered by Stanley Martinez's flurrying saxophone melodies and Alexa Pantalone's expansive bongo rhythms. Alexa also plays sax on half of the songs too, contributing further to the complex interplay of instruments that make The World's music so immediate, compelling and groove conscious.

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Everything you could possibly want in punk music. If not, interrogate the integrity of your desires. NEON is a four-piece medium translating the universal howling female shitstorm alive and kicking within us all. Do you seek adventure? Justification for further recorded sound from a guitar? For those bored to tears by predictable rock'n'roll formula and pseudo-punk box-ticking, predictable posturing, NEON is a psychedelic diamond in the barren toxic rough. Yes, Virginia, there really are freaks still residing in a California. 100% proof adult women must escalate the full takeover of all aspects of punk everything. Neon will make you radiant and happy, probably more desirable.”




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Qui (LA), Frisco (ex-Acid King, Hank IV, Lost Goat), Terry Gross (members Trans Am, Film School, Pins of Light) at the Ivy Room
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Qui (LA), Frisco (ex-Acid King, Hank IV, Lost Goat), Terry Gross (members Trans Am, Film School, Pins of Light) at the Ivy Room

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QUI (LA) Since their first performance in LA in early 2001 and the release of their first full-length CD, Baby Kisses, Qui (pronounced, “Qui,”) maintained a prodigious pace of both local performances and national tours. Their idiosyncratic blend of punk, noise, and rock punctuated with avant-garde weirdness, coupled with their advanced musical prowess earned them a reputation for intense shows.

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FRISCO "Card-carrying members of San Francisco’s Coalition for Aging Rockers, Frisco is the latest band project founded in 2017 by a local crew of punk and metal veterans. The group teams singer Bob McDonald and guitarist Andy Oglesby of sadly defunct SF post-punk outfit Hank IV with ex-Acid King/Altamont drummer Joey Osbourne and former Lost Goat guitarist Eric Peterson. Playing knotty, aggressive noise-punk topped with McDonald’s manic delivery that sometimes echoes the vocal abstractions of Johnny Lydon during early era PiL, the group recorded its forthcoming Valley King debut 'Love Songs for Phantom Limbs' at San Francisco's El Studio this past summer." - Dave Pehling, CBS San Francisco

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TERRY GROSS San Francisco's new all-star band, Terry Gross, makes it's debut on Valley King Records! Terry Gross features guitarist Phil Manley (Trans Am, Life Coach), bassist Donny Newenhouse (Film School, Hot Fog, Buffalo Tooth) and drummer Phil Becker (Pins of Light, Triclops!, Anywhere)

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ESCAPE-ISM (w/Ian Svenonious) and FNU Clone at the Make-Out Room
Feb
23
6:00 PM18:00

ESCAPE-ISM (w/Ian Svenonious) and FNU Clone at the Make-Out Room

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Talent Moat and Depth Charge present: ESCAPE-ISM and FNU Clone live at the Make-Out Room, SF. Saturday, Feb. 23rd. EARLY SHOW 6:00-9:30pm.

ESCAPE-ISM (w/Ian Svenonius of Chain & the Gang, The Make-Up, Nation of Ulysses)

"Introduction to Escape-ism" shouldnt only be reviewed in the music press but in the world affairs column of a conspiracy-minded newspaper, on a hot-rod review TV show, or possibly at an important conference by a renowned astrophysicist. Its that important!

Why? Because its the first solo record by Ian Svenoniusof groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, The Nation of Ulysses, XYZ, Weird War, etc. and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic Soviet, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock n Roll Group, and Censorship Now!!and as such, its profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic Its introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire; it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre-conceived notions of what a record can be.

Yes, thats right: a single-person performance by I.F. Svenoniusrecognized by Performer Magazine as the greatest performer on the planetIntroduction to Escape-ism is a bite into a one-banana bunch.

A drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing outfor a way out. Live, its a new paradigm of performance: raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naïf, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where.

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FNU CLONE

Screwed dystopian space punk. All alien soundtracks and DMT nightmares. Ripping riffs, hard driving bass lines, modulated vocals, and layers upon layers of synth texture and sinister sounds. A masterpiece of twisted psychedelic hate made to rot your mind and kill your speakers!! - Total Punk

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Bill Orcutt, Surplus 1980, Preening at the Ivy Room
Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

Bill Orcutt, Surplus 1980, Preening at the Ivy Room

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BILL ORCUTT As one of experimental music's most influential guitarists, Bill Orcutt weaves looping melodic lines and angular attack into a dense, fissured landscape of American primitivism, outsider jazz, and a stripped-down re-envisioning of the possibilities of the guitar. Whether he’s playing his decrepit Kay acoustic or gutted electric Telecaster (both stripped of two of their strings, as has been Orcutt’s custom since 1985), Orcutt’s jagged sound is utterly unique and instantly recognizable, compared with equal frequency to avant-garde composers and rural bluesmen. The New York Times has called him a "powerful musician... a go-for-broke guitar improviser," and described his sound as "articulated sprays of arpeggiated chords and dissonance.”


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SURPLUS 1980 is a San Francisco Bay Area-based post-punk band founded in 2009 by former Sleepytime Gorilla Museum multi-instrumentalist Moe! Staiano. As alluded to in its name, Surplus 1980's music takes cues from the angular bands of the 1980s such as Dog Faced Hermans and Diagram Brothers and fuses it with the heavy, fierce attack pioneered by The Ex and The Fall to create their own blend of modern no-wave angst. Combined with Staiano’s playful lyrics, Surplus 1980's music is a thick slab of out-jazz, with more than a dash of punk ferocity.

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PREENING are a sax/bass/drums guitar-less no-wave style with demented street poet vocals.

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Owl, Hot Lunch, Psychic Hit at the Ivy Room
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

Owl, Hot Lunch, Psychic Hit at the Ivy Room

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OWL Oakland hard rock/metal big riff heavyweights plummeting into stoner caves and scaling staggering Zeppelinesque heights.

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HOT LUNCH is a punk ‘n’ roll band from the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area that specializes in getting loud, getting weird and getting rad. The quartet’s unique blend of brown-acid skate-rock and wah-fuzz proto-metal was born in the bowels of skatanic rituals, biker beer busts and wizard staff meetings. With a head-bludgeoning sound that refuses to take sides (and showers), Hot Lunch are on a hell-bent mission to create the best party soundtrack in the history of all music. Their self-titled debut album was recorded by Tim Green at Louder Studios and is available on all formats by Who Can You Trust? Records (EU), Tee Pee Records and Burger Records (US).

“A blast of 60’s acid rock seemingly unearthed after decades of rock ‘n’ roll mediocrity necessitated its rebirth” – Thrasher Magazine

“A glorious tangle of sixties style psych, eighties punk rock, hairy fuzzy proto-metal and seriously shredding guitar mastery” – Aquarius Records

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PSYCHIC HIT Rock and roll for your dark soul. Featuring members from Queen Crescent, Hedersleben, Owl, and Nik Turner’s Hawkwind)


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Valentine's Day with Sick Thoughts (New Orleans), Midnite Snaxxx, Talkies, DJ Carolyn (KALX/KXSF) at Ivy Room
Feb
14
8:30 PM20:30

Valentine's Day with Sick Thoughts (New Orleans), Midnite Snaxxx, Talkies, DJ Carolyn (KALX/KXSF) at Ivy Room

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Valentine's Day with Sick Thoughts (New Orleans), Midnite Snaxxx, and Talkies at the Ivy Room. 8:30pm, $8/10. Adv. tix now on sale

SICK THOUGHTS If you don’t know Sick Thoughts, you don’t know punk. The band is the mighty Drew Owen. Baltimore born and bred, he then up and moved to the swamps of New Orleans while still a teenager. The general consensus was he’d be another casualty of The Big Easy decadence, and would soon be seen hitting up tourists for money on Bourbon Street with a dog on a rope. But somehow he got hooked up with the best (worst?) folks in the city and kept making great music. That, and the fact that forty-ounce bottles just bounce off his head, have kept him alive. Rock and roll romance and the promise of socialized health care sent him to the (imaginary?) home of Killed By Death punk, Helsinki, Finland. Which makes perfect sense—this album is like the perfect KBD record, full of buzzsaw guitars, machine gun drums and hooks that hit like a tire iron. Owen’s brand of aural early-20s angst, with doses of Zero Boys, Reatards, and early Crüe, mixed with the stench of the streets, has never sounded better. This album clearly puts Sick Thoughts on top of the punk heap. It’s Owen’s world—get in it!

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MIDNITE SNAXXX “Since their 2017 record, Chew On This, Oakland’s Midnite Snaxxx have been spitting singles in fits and starts, but the short forms remain their forte. No disrespect to the full length lovers, but the band’s whiplash spirt is best captured between two sides of short attention span snotty punk built for sunshine hijinx. The A-side, “Let Me Do What I Want,” is a denim-vested world beater that’s not content to take no for an answer and isn’t afraid to lob the first volley in food fight fisticuffs. The song might as well stand as a credo for the California combo – loud, fast and brash – it’s a femme punk fuck you to the ruling class, or at the very least, a middle finger to the store manager on the way out of the sliding doors.“ - Raven Sings the Blues

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TALKIES

Bay Area four-piece that will take you back to the glamorous days of slick guitar-driven power pop. Frontman Ray Seraphin (whom you may know from Glitz, Legs, and other local bands) describes Talkies as a band "combining the dark, haunting tones of EMPIRE and pop accessibility of the SHOES." - The Bay Bridged

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Kate Berlant at the Rickshaw Stop (SF) with special guest Emily Catalano -- SOLD OUT, THANKS! No tix available at the door.
Feb
13
8:00 PM20:00

Kate Berlant at the Rickshaw Stop (SF) with special guest Emily Catalano -- SOLD OUT, THANKS! No tix available at the door.

Talent Moat presents KATE BERLANT at the Rickshaw Stop, SF. Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 8:00pm. 18+. SOLD OUT, THANKS!

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Kate Berlant is an LA based writer/performer who has performed at festivals across the globe including a sold out run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Festival Supreme, Treasure Island, Sasquatch, and Moontower. Her performances have been commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and she has been described by The New York Times as a "magnetic improvisational comic" at the forefront of experimental comedy. Kate most recently appeared in Boots Riley’s breakout Sundance film 'Sorry to Bother You' and can be seen in the films Dean, written and directed by Demetri Martin, Duck Butter, written by Alia Shawkat & Miguel Arteta, who also directed the film, and James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. Kate recently wrapped production on MIB, the Men In Black sequel with Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth (alongside John Early).

Kate has appeared in such television series as Search Party (TBS), Ghosted (Fox), Transparent (Amazon), and High Maintenance (HBO). She also wrote, executive produced, and starred in her own episode of Netflix Presents: The Characters for which she won raves.

In 2017 Kate was nominated for a Gotham Award for the Andy Deyoung-directed Vimeo series 555 which she co-wrote and co-starred in with John Early. Kate and John Early have also made multiple appearances together on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Emily Catalano is a San Francisco-based comedian. She won first place at the 2017 Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Competition and was a featured comedian at Outside Lands in 2018. Her comedy addresses a wide variety of life's most enjoyable topics like breakups, failed relationships, and ex-lovers. She is becoming known for her smart joke writing and her veritable dead pan delivery. You can catch her perform regularly in San Francisco at Punch Line and Cobbs.

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Kate Berlant at the Starline Social Club (OAK) with special guest Chris Thayer -- SOLD OUT, THANKS!!!
Feb
12
8:00 PM20:00

Kate Berlant at the Starline Social Club (OAK) with special guest Chris Thayer -- SOLD OUT, THANKS!!!

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Talent Moat presents KATE BERLANT with special guest Chris Thayer at the Starline Social Club. Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 8:00pm. 18+. Seated show. The show is sold out, no tickets will be sold at the door. There are still tix available for the 2/13 show at Rickshaw Stop, SF.

Kate Berlant is an LA based writer/performer who has performed at festivals across the globe including a sold out run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Festival Supreme, Treasure Island, Sasquatch, and Moontower. Her performances have been commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and she has been described by The New York Times as a "magnetic improvisational comic" at the forefront of experimental comedy. Kate most recently appeared in Boots Riley’s breakout Sundance film 'Sorry to Bother You' and can be seen in the films Dean, written and directed by Demetri Martin, Duck Butter, written by Alia Shawkat & Miguel Arteta, who also directed the film, and James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. Kate recently wrapped production on MIB, the Men In Black sequel with Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth (alongside John Early).

Kate has appeared in such television series as Search Party (TBS), Ghosted (Fox), Transparent (Amazon), and High Maintenance (HBO). She also wrote, executive produced, and starred in her own episode of Netflix Presents: The Characters for which she won raves.

In 2017 Kate was nominated for a Gotham Award for the Andy Deyoung-directed Vimeo series 555 which she co-wrote and co-starred in with John Early. Kate and John Early have also made multiple appearances together on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Chris Thayer is a stand-up comic and writer. He has appeared on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, VICELAND’s Flophouse, and TBS’ The Pete Holmes Show. He’s written for for Comedy Central’s CC: Studios, Funny or Die, TBS, and JASH. He has been a recurring guest on Pete Holmes’ You Made it Weird podcast, as well as having been featured on dozens of other podcasts (including 2 Dope Queens, The CrabFeast, & Put Your Hands Together).

He performs regularly–both in the US and abroad–and has appeared in numerous comedy festivals, such as SF Sketchfest and Bridgetown Comedy Festival. In addition to having embarked on thousands of miles of self-booked tours, he’s gone on the road extensively with Pete Holmes, as well as having worked with Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro, Thee Oh Sees, Kyle Kinane, Michael Ian Black, Demetri Martin, Rory Scovel, Nick Thune, Greg Fitzsimmons, and many others.

“Distinctly warped and funny.” – The Onion AV Club

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Feral Ohms, Birth Defects (LA), Very Paranoia (members of Hot Lunch, Annihilation Time) at the Ivy Room
Feb
9
8:30 PM20:30

Feral Ohms, Birth Defects (LA), Very Paranoia (members of Hot Lunch, Annihilation Time) at the Ivy Room

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FERAL OHMS is a power trio from Oakland, CA. Focused on scuzz, primitive, outcast and punk rock and roll. It's loud.


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THE BIRTH DEFECTS features former Bleached drummer Jon Safley and Petey Dammit of Thee Oh Sees backing local songwriter and bartender Jason Finazzo. Their debut album, First 8 Mistakes, was released in July via Nathan Williams of Wavves’ label Ghost Ramp and was produced by Ty Segall himself.

The Birth Defects’ latest single, “Bad Shit” lives up to what one might expect from the roster: greasy garage rock with hard hitting riffs. For two minutes, the band devolves into a distortion fueled ecstasy with machine gun drums. Finazzo snarls like a hardcore titan. It’s the sound of pure impulse with each member throwing aside inhibition with their respective instruments.” - Consequence of Sound

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VERY PARANOIA is a San Francisco unit operated by four veterans of the Psychic Wars. This band embodies what is, and will always be, crude, raw mechanical violence. Its deafening sound has been shaped by the cult-artists and underground characters found in the multiple sub-genres that have caused hearing loss throughout the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

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Lars Finberg, Peacers, Sarah Bethe Nelson, SPVD (Chicago) at The Knockout, SF -- SF Beer Week special event
Feb
9
5:00 PM17:00

Lars Finberg, Peacers, Sarah Bethe Nelson, SPVD (Chicago) at The Knockout, SF -- SF Beer Week special event

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Join us at The Knockout SF for a late afternoon/early evening of outer echelon pop with Lars Finberg (LA, In the Red), Peacers, Sarah Bethe Nelson, and SPVD (Chicago). EARLY SHOW! 5:00pm doors. 21+. SF Beer Week Party sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery.

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LARS FINBERG (LA, In the Red)
Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Korn, Lars Finberg. Bands and musicians from Bakersfield, California have a tendency of doing things their own way. Though he left Bakersfield a while ago, Mr. Lars Aldric Finberg has built a solid reputation as a unique artist and his work in legendary bands A-Frames, The Intelligence and Thee Oh Sees, have helped make him a West Coast elder statesman when it comes to idiosyncratic rock n roll.

Produced and recorded by Ty Segall, his new album Moonlight Over Bakersfield, out December 1 on In the Red, combines post-punk jitters, experimental pop, and deep rhythms.

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PEACERS
Tunes rock forth from a jukebox with a crack in the glass, with channels leaking / kaleidoscopic aspects of low-fi life, all bubblegum…

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SARAH BETHE NELSON

Hazy pop meets shimmering slowcore.

SPVD

“A solo project by Chicago guitarist-vocalist Joshua S. Condon of garage misfits Glyders. The eerie, skeletal EP sounds like Condon boiled everything out of a bunch of gnarly psychedelic jams except heavily processed, subterranean-sounding vocals, hazy synths, refracted guitar residue, and simple, hypnotic drum-machine rhythms.” - Chicago Reader

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Lars Finberg (LA, In the Red), Violent Change, Blues Lawyer at the Ivy Room
Feb
8
9:00 PM21:00

Lars Finberg (LA, In the Red), Violent Change, Blues Lawyer at the Ivy Room

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LARS FINBERG (LA, In the Red)
Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Korn, Lars Finberg. Bands and musicians from Bakersfield, California have a tendency of doing things their own way. Though he left Bakersfield a while ago, Mr. Lars Aldric Finberg has built a solid reputation as a unique artist and his work in legendary bands A-Frames, The Intelligence and Thee Oh Sees, have helped make him a West Coast elder statesman when it comes to idiosyncratic rock n roll. Produced and recorded by Ty Segall, his new album Moonlight Over Bakersfield, out December 1 on In the Red, combines post-punk jitters, experimental pop, and deep rhythms.

VIOLENT CHANGE

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Buzzsaw pop channeling a Swell Maps meets Guided by Voices vibe. A churning wash of guitars and driving rhythms topped off by guitarist/vocalist Matt Bleyle’s distinctive laconic deadpan vocals.


BLUES LAWYER
"Rob I. Miller (Mall Walk), Elyse Schrock (The World), Alejandra Alcala (Preening), and Nic Russo (aka Dick Stusso) hail from Oakland but are neck-deep in UK minimalist punk (think Pink Flag-era Wire), post-punk (a la early Television Personalities), and a guy-gal bruised feelings-frustrated romance feel (the Vaselines citation is right on the money).” - The Vinyl District

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Deaf Wish (Australia, Sub Pop), Rays, Nopes at The Knockout, SF
Sep
21
9:00 PM21:00

Deaf Wish (Australia, Sub Pop), Rays, Nopes at The Knockout, SF

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DEAF WISH (Melbourne, Australia)
Hazardous riffing, chemically-stained vocals and fiery rhythms, a tangled pile of firecrackers and a red stick of TNT lodged in a hornets nest. Their new album, Lithium Zion, is a veritable buffet of garage-punk energy, post-punk pathos, sardonic wit and the fearlessness that comes with Aussie rock, a natural consequence for anyone living on a continent teeming with grapefruit-sized spiders and man-eating mosquito swarms. Chugging along as though krautrock was trying to speed past the late 70s but got caught in the sticky grasp of punk. Such is the way of Deaf Wish, a group destined to write songs that are simultaneously stupid and sublime, vulnerable and ferocious, and play them with the unbridled intensity they demand. Anyone serving a life sentence to rock will surely concur.

RAYS
On Rays' debut album the band spins eleven tunes of wiry, urgent post-punk, one foot planted firmly in the nihilistic apathy of 70 & 80s punk (Wire, Electric Eels, Pere Ubu, Eno, Television The Fall), Australian punk past & present (UV Race, Terry, Victims, Babeez), and the addictive strum of 80s & 90s New Zealand/Flying Nun pop; all of whom have found their own way to meld the ferocity & thuggery of punk with a singular melodic voice. Throughout it all, RAYS debut never feels angry, Recorded by Bay-area stalwart Kelley Stoltz & mastered by Australian tone-genius Mikey Young (Total Control/Eddy Current Suppression Ring) RAYS is a joyous album packed with weird new-wave swirls and sugar-sticky hooks.

NOPES
Never Heard of It, the debut full-length by Bay Area punk foursome Nopes, features 12 squirmy songs, each a sputtering projectile following its own discrete, haphazard trajectory. As for mood, that dopey, deadbeat-chic album cover is telling: On Never Heard of It, day jobs are a scourge and jokes abound (even if its just naming a song Duran Duran Duran). But more than other garage-adjacent punk records, the players are distinct enough to animate a dozen tracks: the rhythm section swerves and strikes like boxers, in unison, until violently entangled. Fighting imagery aside, its the impish and kinetic guitar that has the lead voice on this album, with its zippy melodic runs and pitch-bent discord. - Sam Lefebvre, Bandcamp

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