Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Pigeon John, Marc Broussard, Bowling For Soup -- ASD's Live Music Picks for Thursday, August 16

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2007 at 5:53 AM

Pigeon John, 9 at the Independent. $25.

"Backpack rap gets caricatured as hip-hop for alt-rock fans, but this affable Los Angeles MC literalizes the connection, biting left-field grooves from R.E.M. and Pixies. Pigeon John specializes in the same laidback slice-of-life observations as his Cali counterparts Blackalicious and Lyrics Born, but he's funnier and more self-effacing. His best nice-guy pickup line, as revealed in "Money Back Guarantee": "You look kind of sad, can I offer a tissue?"" -- Spin

Marc Broussard, 9 at the Fillmore. $22.50

"Having already recorded a soulful take on Americana for his debut, 2002's Momentary Setback, and having dropped "Home," a blistering slice of gospelized swamp funk that's among the decade's most remarkable singles and which became something of a regional post-Katrina mini-anthem (and a staple cover song on Kelly Clarkson's Addicted tour), for Marc Broussard to record a straight-up R&B album isn't such a radical departure. S.O.S.: Save Our Soul finds the powerhouse singer in fine voice (Justin Timberlake only wishes he had such a full-bodied falsetto) on a collection of classic genre cuts like Stevie Wonder's "You Met Your Match" and Al Green's "Love And Happiness."" -- Slant

Bowling For Soup, 7:30 at Slim's. $15.

"Bowling for Soup's 2004 hit ''1985'' made them kings of their subgenre: laundry lists of popular culture references backed by chirpy pop-punk. Such songs make up the bulk of their ninth CD, The Great Burrito Extortion Case, which starts out fun but turns self-indulgent. (Do we really need 68 consecutive la-la-la choruses on the hidden cut?) Still, at least two tunes will lodge forever in your skull. One day, you'll recall them fondly, and BFS, trafficking in insta-nostalgia, will be there to write a catchy number about that feeling." -- Entertainment Weekly

  • Pin It

Tags: , ,

About The Author

Oscar Pascual


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"