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The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster St @ 22nd, Oakland, California 94612
Karla Kane (of The Corner Laughers), Anton Barbeau, and Fun of the Pier (Nottingham, UK) join forces again for a night of acoustic balladry, polite protest songs, and transatlantic harmonies. $5.
Karla Kane’s debut solo album, “King’s Daughters Home for Incurables,” leads listeners into an intriguing land of acorns and tea leaves; feminism and fairy tales; pagan pop and pastoral protest songs; whimsical wanderings and sharp observations on the current state of the world. It’s a place for chronic worriers, hopeless romantics, Anglophiles, patriarchy smashers and gentle dreamers, where sunny California indie meets melancholy English folk and the redwood meets the oak.
Anton Barbeau plays «pre-apocalyptic psychedelic pop.» He's a Taurus, born in Sacramento and now living by a canal in Berlin. He's made something like 20 albums and has worked with members of XTC, The Soft Boys, the Bevis Frond, Cake, the Loud Family and Mystery Lawn label-mates, the Corner Laughers. Julian Cope got him stoned in Croydon once. His new album is Magic Act and it's not bad at all.
Fun of the Pier is an acoustic-pop band from Nottingham, England, led by the husband-and-wife team of Helen (vocals, guitar) and Mark (bass) Luker. Drawing comparisons to Crowded House and The Marine Girls for their charming sound and insightful songwriting, they'll be performing in California for the first time in celebration of the release of their own debut album.