Because it is summer and because we like local bands and because what the hell, SF Weekly and All Shook Down are presenting a one-off show on Saturday, June 23, at the Independent, featuring three artists from around the Bay Area. We might be a little biased, but we really think you should come!
Headlining the night is San Francisco's own Stripmall Architecture, the futuristic pop band whose awesome (but highly NSFW) video for "Dusk Drinks" we fawned over a few weeks ago. A duo whose members have played in numerous other outfits (and have worked with groups like U.N.K.L.E., DJ Shadow, and Zoe Keating), the doggedly independent Stripmall is something of a local institution, with a reputation that has spread far beyond just the Bay Area music scene. When we saw Dead Milkmen at Slim's a few months back, we were surprised -- and impressed -- to hear singer Rodney Anonymous list as one of this city's greatest qualities the fact that it's home to Stripmall Architecture. Given Stripmall's penchant for sonic innovation in its synth-driven songs, perhaps that shouldn't be so shocking. Either way, we're excited to have this group playing our show.
Listen to some Stripmall Architecture:
It also gives us great pleasure to inform you that Warm Soda -- the new band of Matthew Melton, leader of the beloved (and now departed) Oakland garage-pop outfit Bare Wires -- will be playing at the Indy on June 23. We saw Warm Soda at its very first live outing, and were impressed by the band's somewhat smoother guitar pop. A power trio like Bare Wires was, Warm Soda benefits greatly from the charisma and chops that Melton brings -- he's a consummate frontman. Lastly, we would be flaunting our obligation as journalists if we didn't mention that our own writer Sam Lefebvre plays drums in Warm Soda.
Finally (insert last-but-not-least cliches here if you must), we've recruited Will Sprott, leader of the great South Bay outfit the Mumlers, to open the proceedings on June 23. As testified by the Mumlers' storied run -- including being one of only handful of local bands to play Treasure Island in 2010, and numerous sold-out Noise Pop shows -- Sprott is a songwriter and performer par excellence. We're excited to see him perform solo in the plush environs of the Independent. Check out the song he contributed to the new In a Cloud II compilation:
Our show at the Independent goes down Saturday, June 23, at 9 p.m. Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday, June 13, for $10 (they'll be $12 at the door). We're just gonna come right out and say that this isn't a money-making operation for us -- we just wanted to put on a show -- so if you come out and support good local bands, they will be the main beneficiaries your generosity. That's all. Hope to see you June 23!