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April 2014
Creepoid
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The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 

“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 

In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts 


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Royal Jelly The Pull and DJ Honeycomb Brown Play the Boom Boom Room - 4/23

Polish and lace up your best dancing shoes, press a good shirt, or pick out a dress that's easy to twist in because Royal Jelly is looking to help you get over your slump on humpday. As part of their April residency, Royal Jelly and John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room will be hosting this jazz-inspired, dance inducing band who posseses plenty of rhythm and soul to go around! 

Joining Royal Jelly is another funk filled, soul/ hip hop group, The Pull, who are coming fresh off of winning San Francisco State’s Battle of the Bands. You can catch DJ Honeycomb Brown, spinning vintage funk hits guaranteed to keep your toes tapping. Don’t be shy because this show will be a super fun time! -Skyer Warren

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The Trims and Animal Super Species Play the Milk Bar - 4/24

This month for The City: SF Sounds presents, a monthly free concert series hosted by NBC Bay Area and Jack Daniels, it's all about danceable rock. Bay Area bands Animal Super Species and The Trims will be playing the event April 24 at The Milk Bar in San Francisco.

Animal Super Species is a band that is the vein of The Faint, playing scuzzy dance pop. Be sure to check out their debut album, Yearbook - its filled to the brim with danceable tunes. Followed in the theme of the night, is The Trims, an alternative dance pop group from San Jose. The band came out with Delete You After last year and it has definite post-punk and dance influences.  -Erin Dage

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Foli Upstairs Downstairs and Breck Omar Brunson Play Hemlock Tavern

If you’re in the mood to see a cool show in San Francisco, The Hemlock Tavern will be hosting a showcase made up of a plethora of talent. Foli will be a refreshing treat for psychedelic soul music fans. Their sound ranges between mellow and introspective grooves to full-on rock and roll assault, which makes for an exciting show.

And for music lovers who are into a steady and washed out sound, shoegaze group, Upstairs Downstairs will give you a spiritually chill experience with their silky vocals and delicately woven instrumentals. Folk soul artist, Breck Omar Brunson will be making his San Francisco debut as a solo singer songwriter after experiencing moderate success as a band front man and contemporary artist in Washington DC. This show is going to be entertaining, intimate and down to earth. Make sure you attend this show if you're looking for something a bit different then your average Bay Area rock show. - Kat Collins


Down and Outlaws The Electric Magpie Kirpatrick Thomas and Super 78 Play The Night Light in Oakland - 4/22

Tomorrow night, Kymberli's Music Box Presents and The Night Light in Oakland will be hosting a killer neo psych lineup. With performances by up and coming local musical outfits, Down and Outlaws with their heavy psych rock aesthetic and energetic live show and the melodious mod rock group, The Electric Magpie, whose reminiscent, 60s revivalist sound seems to be filtered directly through a time machine, this show is not to be missed. 

Salt Lake City based sextet, Super 78 will also be playing the show. Their mashed-up qualities results the creation of a New Order-gone-Gang of Four musical vibe. The lo-fi group will share the bill with the one and only, Kirpatrick Thomas of Cowboy-badboys Spindrift. He'll be lending his killer baritone voice to his own solo acoustic psych-cowboy songs. It will be an amazing performance to experience.

Come out and celebrate Earth Day with a few beers and some killer music. - Kat Collins


The Deli Magazine San Francisco Presents: Modern Man Buzzmutt and Baus at DNA Lounge - 4/18

As you may or may have not heard, The Deli Magazine San Francisco is spearheading a series of shows at the DNA Lounge. For the very first show (after our Riot Grrrl party we threw at SUB/Mission in February) April 18, we've got an excellent lineup of local bands consisting of Modern Man, Buzzmutt and Baus.

Baus is an Oakland band that made waves last month with the release of their first full-length, Idol Minds. The band blends elements of post-punk and no wave to create truly jagged and abrasive tunes. Buzzmutt is a band from San Francisco wh playing psych-tinged noise rock. And headlining is Modern Man, an Oakland-based band that weaves together drudgingly dark shoegaze. Last year the band came out with an awesome tape entitled, Small Waves.

The choice is yours: Do you want to come and celebrate a new era of The Deli Magazine San Francisco and local music, or do you want to stay at home? -Erin Dage

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Album Review: Vulture Legs

A new era of reinvented garage rock is upon us, and there's no better musical example that represents this statement than San Fran based group, Vulture Legs. Bearing bluesy garage vibes, their four-song EP Crawl With Me ranges in sound reminiscent of a cooled-off Black Keys and a cleaned-up version of FIDLAR.

Organ overtones in No Game throwback their sound to the 60's, with poetically blunt lyrics (mean on the streets/tryna sell some happiness/woman on the corner, man did you see her? /no she's not your ordinary girl). With Me Girl leads with a strong guitar interlude, as lyrics plead for a chance with the opposite sex (Won't you take a ride with me girl/I can show you things girl). Read Between The Lines is filled with fast-paced guitar riffs and battering drum beats as vocals dance up and down the melodies. Citing "a tasty casserole" as an influence on their Facebook bio, the tastiness is inevitably apparent in their first release. We can expect great things from Vulture Legs. -Kat Collins

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Ancient River Down Dirt Shake and California Raga Association Play The Knockout TONIGHT

Down Dirty Shake is headling another San Francisco show. This time, they'll be playing with Gainsville based Ancient River and California Raga Association, formallly the Brooklyn Raga Association. This is going to be a classic psych revival show with diverse interpretations of the genre being expressed by each band. Down Dirty Shake plays psych-soul, with a heavy and stylistic resemblence to The Doors. Ancient River is more Pink Floyd-esque garage, gritty sound that drive, and the California Raga Association brings a roots version of psych rock to the table.

Don't miss this show!


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