What’s Happening Tonight? 7/31/16

THE MYSTERY LIGHTS

Warbly Jets, Trendy Dad

Sun, July 31, 2016

8:00 pm

at Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102

$10-13

THE MYSTERY LIGHTS

THE MYSTERY LIGHTS

In an era when the city kvetches that there’re no good NYC bands, when half of the music scene has split for sunny California, the Mystery Lights are an anomaly. Not only did these bold young men reverse the direction – optimistically migrating east against the tide from the west coast, but they also landed in the wormy apple to immerse themselves in the action and diversity of New York City. They all share a Ridgewood apartment in Queens, playing music and recording in their basement. Betting against the odds to live the archetypical 20th century downtown musician lifestyle in 2016, though inevitably further east of the bridge, they also play with the kind of conviction, immediacy, and raw power of their mighty ancestors – from the Velvets to the Voidoids and beyond. The Mystery Lights are living proof that vital contemporary music, in this case real-deal rock’n’roll, can still be dreamed, constructed, and performed in the Empire City.

Mike Brandon and L.A. Solano have been in many different versions of The Mystery Lights under assorted monikers since their teens. In a heroic jump from the small town of Salinas, California to NYC, the band solidified its lineup to also include Alex Amini, Kevin Harris, and Noah Kohll. The explosive live shows gradually became the stuff of legend as the quintet won their following one fan at a time in dives from Brooklyn to the Bowery. Organically unfolding over the nights and months and years, the Lights’ sound evolved into a fuzzed-out hopped-up 21st Century revisionist take on 60s garage pebbles and 70s punk and proto-punk that is very much their own.

2016 finds these rock’n’roll knights embarking upon the next logical step – unleashing their own brand of kick out the jams on tour and in the studio. When Daptone Records launched their Wick Records rock imprint, they wasted no time approaching Mystery Lights as their inaugural act. Hot on the heals of the “Too Many Girls”/”Too Tough To Bear” single, Wick officially rolls out the Mystery Lights’ debut LP June 24. Are you ready?

Warbly Jets

Warbly Jets

‘New York-born, Los Angeles-based Warbly Jets are here to revive rock music from it’s indisputable funk. The newly released track “Psychomanteum” takes you on a pleasant journey inside yourself and showcases what the band means when they say they’re “coming for your ears, your money, your girlfriends, your faces.” Flirtatious guitar riffs, buoyant drums, and introspective lyrics meet to create a raw and natural sound which is much needed in today’s musical landscape. The highlight of the song for us is the slowed down, tripped out bridge which takes you down a well of echoey vocals and guitar. It’s the perfect tempo to get your headbang or your hippie sway on, throw your lighter up, and get lost in a groove. Just when it feels like you’re about to get completely submersed in the waters of your own mind forever, the Jets shoot you back out to the surface for some fresh air. Fuzzy guitars and bouncing drums lead the way for the final chorus, marching you back out into everyday life.’ – WE THE BEAT
Trendy Dad

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What’s Happening Tonight? 7/29/16

Andalusia Rose, The Electric Arrows, Sweetwater Black

Friday, July 29 @ 9:00 pm11:55 pm
at Hemlock Tavern
1131 Polk St. , San Francisco, CA

$10

ANDALUSIA ROSE
Dirty sweet haunting crimson blues from San Francisco.

electricarrows
THE ELECTRIC ARROWS are a San Francisco based band playing Blues and R&B music

sweetwaterblack
SWEETWATER BLACK is heavy blues and loud bay area rock n roll

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underworld opera presents

OUT LOUD FOR ORLANDO

VAU DE VIRE SOCIETY + HUBBA HUBBA REVEIW + TOURETTES WITHOUT REGRETS + CHURCH OF THE SACRED SILVERSEXUALS

and many more

522 2nd St
Oakland CA
Time: 8:00pm     Day: Friday     Ages: 18+ Ages     Price: $20 – $30
JULY 29th is OUT LOUD FOR ORLANDO An All Star Epic Fundraiser! with::::
VAU DE VIRE SOCIETY + HUBBA HUBBA REVEIW + TOURETTES WITHOUT REGRETS
The Biggest Circus, Comedy and Burlesque Shows in the Bay Area team up for one special night of music and art into action! ALL Proceeds go to help those in need in Orlando!

Aerial and Circus Performance by VAU DE VIRE SOCIETY!
Marching band Mayhem by TRASHKAN MARCHINK BAND!
Music by FIRST CHURCH of the SACRED SILVERSEXUALS
playing the songs of David Bowie!
WHISTLIN’ PAST THE GRAVEYARD
playing the songs of Tom Waits!
Stand up Comedy by JESUS U. BETTA WORK and IRENE TU!
Slam Champions SONYA RENEE TAYLOR (The Body is Not and Apology), DENISE BENAVIDES and KAY NILSSON!
Songs by EMILY YATES!
Burlesque by SHEBA QUEEN OF THE NIGHT! OPHELIA COUER NOIR! MAGGIE MOTORBOAT! RIZZO ROGUE! MISS BALLA FIRE!
Pole Performance by MZ. K, LEAH MARIE and SEAN MICHAEL!
Latex Showcase by LUST DESIGNS!
Hosted by WONDER DAVE, ALOTTA BOUTTE, JAMIE DEWOLF, KINGFISH and more!

“It’s Called Vomit!!!!”

Great interview with Jonathan Richman by Arielle Mae at Synthesis Weekly:

“AM: Where did you first play?

JR: Just coffee shops, outside, anywhere anyone would let me play.

AM: And what was the reception like?

JR: People ran away.

AM: Really?

JR: Yeah. It was. Because I didn’t tune the guitar. I just plugged in amplifiers, and played loud…  (Singing) It’s called vomit!!!!

AM: That’s amazing.

JR: Yeah, well they were pretty amazed. And they ran. They knew when the gettin’ was good, so they just ran out. And I would play in front of people on big Sunday shows out in the commons in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a thousand people. And people by the hundreds would run away with their hands over their ears.

AM: So what made you stick with it?

JR: Well (laughs), two hundred stayed! And I was thinking, all right! Some people actually stayed! I knew what I sounded like. I didn’t expect everyone to like it.

AM: That’s strong confidence to have at that age.

JR: Yeah I was confident. And I just wanted to do it. I got to express myself in public.

AM: So who instilled the confidence?

JR: I wonder who. Because I had it when I was a kid.

AM: Very self assured?

JR: In some ways. In front of people. In second grade, I’d say: Miss DeRosa, the children look bored, you want me to tell them a story? (Laughs). The thing was, I had no story. I had no idea what I was going to say. Whatever it was, I was just going to make it up.

AM: Did she ever say yes?

JR: No. Once Miss DeRosa was at the blackboard doing sums there, telling people 13+2, 8+1, how much is that, and I just yelled from my seat, just [yelling] YEAH SO ANYWAY THEN MY MOTHER CAME HOME AND I GOTTA, AND WE DECIDED, and I would just yell stuff. And she didn’t turn around. She wasn’t going to dignify this behavior, and I yelled, MISS DEROSA, CAN’T YA HEAR ME? And she doesn’t turn around, she drops the chalk in one hand, she drops the eraser in the other hand and just looks up at the sky and says, In my sleep I hear you. (Laughs).

AM: Teachers worst nightmare!

JR: Yeah, I was. Yes.”

Read the rest here:

http://synthesisweekly.com/interview-with-jonathan-richman/