In the fast-changing landscape of San Francisco and with the challenges musicians face here, not only are the bands that have endured still standing – but are stronger than ever.
Live 105 Soundcheck Presents this night with Aaron Axelsen DJing! Music fans will experience this for themselves on Thursday, November 30th at Slim's in San Francisco Devotionals (featuring Two Gallant's Tyson Vogel) teams up with The New Up (featured on LIVE 105's Soundcheck and BFD 2017). Local bands Fake Your Own Death and Smokin' Ziggurats open the show, and all ages are welcome. Doors open at 8:00pm, the music kicks off at 8:30pm, and advance tickets are available online at slimspresents.com.
While Two Gallants is on a temporary hiatus, Tyson Vogel takes a break from the drums and gets behind the guitar to create Devotionals...a humble exploration of existence, the time bound-less ache upon awakening, a rumination on the composition of the everyday breath. Based around the compositions of Tyson Vogel, the band constantly evolves into a gathering of universes built by the presences of Jeff Blair, Lewis Patzner, Emily Ritz, Erin Wang, Andrew Maguire, Joanna Blanche Lioce, Alfred Ramos. Giving a nod of reverence to what has come in forms of Rachmaninov to John Fahey, to the unknown echos of the street musician, these songs: a midwife to the gravity of a heart and the ache to understand. For more info visit: buildingsofheart.com
Female-fronted, electro-rock outfit The New Up (described as «blissful electronic-pop and jagged alt-rock… a sound that's accessible and poignant»~ Vanyaland) will be playing its third show in San Francisco this year. The last 12 months have been incredibly great for the band: following a very successful album release show at Bottom of the Hill for their new recording, Tiny Mirrors, the band was invited to perform at this year's Noise Pop, where they shared a bill with Rogue Wave and Middle Kids at Rickshaw Stop. The New Up then toured the West and East Coasts, and on their return were asked to play LIVE 105's BFD festival at Shoreline. LIVE 105 Music Director Aaron Axelsen calls their music «insanely good stuff out of San Francisco,» while their latest album is described as «truly captivating and mysterious… Rating: Badass» (That Magazine). The Grateful Web says of their live shows: «The New Up's live sound is just as impressive, if not more so than their recorded tracks.» For more info visit: thenewup.com.
Fake Your Own Death was born out of small apartment above a bar in Berlin where Terry Ashkinos (formerly of indie band Elephone) was studying the fall of communism for the American government. Fake Your Own Death songs are small stories about misfits and the collapse of meaning… then there's layers of reverb and infectious beats to create an alluring patchwork of uneasiness and romantic nostalgia. Two of the band members in FYOD are English teachers, one is a steak salesman and shoe model and another one is 7 foot tall and owns 11 surf boards.“While the band’s sound sports a melodic-morose shimmer and fade vibe reminiscent of Interpol.
Ashkinos’ gradually deepening voice takes cues from not only Paul Banks but from Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and Robert Smith.” (SF Weekly) For more info visit: facebook.com/FakeYourOwnDeath/
Smokin' Ziggurats eponymous debut record is the culmination of a year's work of songcraft, brought to life by dual lead guitars and vocals and a pummeling, pocket rhythm section. This SF rock and roll band featuring Ben McClintock and Tom Smith on vocals and guitars, drummer Thomas Gettys, and bass player Mario Ruiz, are known for their dynamic and driving performances. For more info visit: facebook.com/smokinziggurats