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.
Wednesday September 21 2016
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM ••• 21 AND OVER
$10 in advance / $12 at the door
dismal-pop fuzz garage pop surf
Rock 'n' Roll
The Bye Bye Blackbirds
indie rock and power pop
Jacob. Tommy. Cory. Jordan. Farmer
-from San Diego, CA
-Bermuda is the latest effort by San Diego’s dismal-pop outfit Mrs. Magician and their second full-length release on Swami Records.
The album offers a concise collection of punk songs inspired by the big sounds of classic ’60s pop and rock ’n’ roll, with structures more associated with ’70s and ’80s power pop. Thomas Garcia’s blissed-out backwash guitar tones and fuck-it fuzz attack juxtapose the band’s dry and thudding foundation, creating a tropically depressed grog. Cutting through the lacquer with a glossy shimmer, producer Swami John Reis (Drive Like Jehu, Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes) coaxes a tightly wound, rigid backdrop for vocalist Jacob Turnbloom’s morose-pop delivery.
Lyrically far more non-linear than their 2012 debut album Strange Heaven, Bermuda echoes the familiar self-deprecating humor that is heavily present in the band’s prior work, but focuses less on interpersonal relationships, favoring broader inspirations of alienation and melodrama. Themes of gentrification, addiction, religion and the intoxicating aroma of modern day conspiracy theories wrestle against a bright and tight sonic terrain. This is the ghetto of Kokomo.
Bermuda has a boozy and breezy island malaise on the surface. But once submerged, the listener is exposed to confusion, nihilism and the notion that even with all of our technology and omnipresence of big brother, essentially we are all still very lost.
Katie Rose - Guitar/Vox, Laura Svec - Bass/Vox
Raquel Reyes - Drums/Vox, Niki Kangas - Guitar/Keys/Vox
-from San Francisco, CA
-Combining obscure sixties garage with 50’s/60’s girl rock and garage punk, all girl trio Dirty Denim bring a refreshing bit of fan fetishism to the impetus of sleazy rock ‘n roll. After guitarist and lead singer Katie Rose (BOMP! Records baby of les Hell on Heels) migrated down to San Francisco from Portland, Oregon with bassist Laura Svec, they eventually joined with drummer Raquel Reyes (The Peppermints) to form Dirty Denim. They swiftly made their mark in the North Bay area gigging with local and touring bands at S.F. venues such as; Great American Music Hall, Rickshaw Stop and Bottom of the Hill.
This year (2016) they added a fourth badass, Niki Kangas, who juggles keyboard, guitar and tambourine. Dirty Denim doubled down with explosive keys, catchy riffs and backup gang vocals that are impossible not to sing.
Watching them go from 3 shy girls nervously giggling into microphones... to an all out WILDFIRE on stage has captivated me. Always obsessed to see what they'll do next and literally twitching to hear their FIRST FULL LENGTH RECORD (set to release this year)... I wait impatiently.
Dirty Denim is now headlining local shows and supporting great bands like, The Coathangers, The Birth Defects, Shannon & the Clams and many others. These are four of the hardest working women in the industry, so catch these busy bees any time you can! They're impossible to tie down!!(well...figuratively)
The Bye Bye Blackbirds
Bradley Skaught, Aaron Rubin, Andrew Wakefield, KC Bowman & Lenny Gill
-from Oakland, CA
-Torchbearers for harmony laden guitar pop in the 21st century, The Bye Bye Blackbirds have pooled their talents to create a sparkling blend of country and roots influences, classic 60’s guitar pop, 70’s power pop, contemporary indie rock and the college radio heroes of the 1980’s.
Their debut album, Honeymoon (produced by Beulah’s Bill Swan) was released in 2005. The first single, “In Every Season” earned heavy airplay on KFOG and was featured on the KFOG Local Scene Vol. 4 compilation. The follow up, Houses & Homes, was released on the American Dust label in 2008. In 2009, their cover of “There’s a Rugged Road” appeared on Crayon Angel: A Tribute to Judee Sill alongside songs from Ron Sexsmith, Bill Callahan, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen and others. They also were guest vocalists on the debut solo album by Miles Kurosky (Beulah).The Blackbirds have also shared the stage with a wide array of bands including Mitch Easter, Title Tracks, Matt Nathanson, Tommy Keene and You Am I.
A third album, Fixed Hearts, was produced by Paul Tyler and released on Rainbow Quartz records in 2011. Their latest, We Need The Rain, was released on November 12, 2013 to great acclaim.