Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
January 31 2014
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:30PM ••• 21 AND OVER
BAGeL Radio 11th Anniversary Celebration...
The Lower 48
60's pop 60's rock & roll
electronic indie pop rock
Peter Arcuni, David Klein, Justin Tenuto, and Zach Winter.
-From San Francisco, California.
-Birdmonster was born over terrifying diner food, when singer Peter Arcuni ordered a regrettable meal from bassist Justin Tenuto, who, in retrospect, should have apologized for the quality of the hamburger he was serving. The two agreed to play music later in the week, hoping the other wouldn't want to play Phish cover after Phish cover. They hit it off and Justin invited his old roommates David Klein and Zach Winter to join in an impromptu session. One thing led to another and before they realized it, the foursome had a practice space, then some shows, then an eponymous EP they recorded at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone studio, then were on tour in an $800 van that didn't like going up hills.
Birdmonster is kind of like a Bay Area version of Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, except that where Leo and his group have an undying devotion to first-wave new wave and ska groups like the Jam and the Special, Birdmonster spike their Fugazi-like indie rock tunes with nods to American Beauty-era Grateful Dead and early Bruce Springsteen.
They are revved-up and punky rockers who share space with country-inflected tunes that feature banjo, melodica, and cello, with singer/songwriter and guitarist Arcuni's lived-in vocals the primary point of connection.
The Lower 48
Sarah Parson, Ben Braden, and Nick.
-From Portland, Oregon.
-"Inspired by 60s Rock and Pop, this Portland trio features harmonies and lyricism of an era fondly remembered. With a killer male-female vocal combination (Ben Braden and Sarah Parson) and Nick Sadler behind the kit, the band aims for expanding their sound with new instrumental elements. After a few minor tweaks to the line-up and a nearly complete overhaul of their sound, these young twenty-something and pop rock 'n' roll all the way. Their latest single 'Setting Sun' was just released last month and I highly recommend you check it out via their Bandcamp. Don't be surprised if you hit repeat a couple times-the Beatlesque track is just a taste of what's to come later this year when the band plans to release a new album." -Eleven PDX Magazine
Matt Shaw and Nick Andre.
-From Seattle and San Francisco.
-City Light is the electronic-pop project of singer/songwriter Matt Shaw and producer Nick Andre. They first came to prominence in 2010 with the album Burned Out Bright. The band begasn as a long-distance audio experiment with the Seattle singer and San Francisco producer collaborating on tracks and with friends. Burned Out Bright received a glowing reception wherever it was heard, including landing the band as Filter Magazine's Undiscovered Band of the Month. In 2011, Matt moved to SF to give City Light full attention. Combining Nick's hip-hop influenced, electronic-based indie-rock production with the poetic lyrics and hook-laden vocals of Matt has created a sound that is reminiscent of electro-pop giants The Flaming Lips, The Notwist, and The Postal Service, yet at the same time, is inarguably original.