BILLY & DOLLY (album release party)
The 21st Century, Morgan Manifacier
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
This event is all ages
BILLY & DOLLY (album release party)
Billy & Dolly, the duet of Bill Rousseau and Dahlia Gallin Ramirez, have been a fixture in the Bay Area independent music scene since they first broke through in 2004 with their heavy, Moog-centric outfit, The Monolith. After five years of pavement pounding, The Monolith called it quits, but the duo kept close together, traded in the electronics for acoustic guitar and piano, and turned to the pop music of their earliest memories: Donovan, Simon & Garfunkel, and Dolly Parton to name a few. With the requisite stripping of layers and effects, the duo brought their vocals to the forefront, delivering heartfelt tales and arresting stories of love, loss, and everything in between. They have a new album just out!
"There's a line on the new Billy & Dolly album that sums up everything you need to know about the San Francisco power-pop duo: "You had a sister, I look just like her," sings Bill Rousseau on the song "Now I See." It's funny, unexpected and probably brutally candid, kind of like the rest of the group's beautifully produced second album, "Dally Bon Idyll." With his musical partner Dahlia Gallin Ramirez – both former members of the band the Monolith – Rousseau lends his surprisingly high-pitched voice and bubblegum melodies to tangible heartache throughout the record. There's an air of latter-period Teenage Fanclub in the mournful breeziness of songs such as "Oh Yeah" and "Old Ghost," while "Young and on the Way Up" quivers and shakes like something you might hear a thousand times at Johnny Rockets. The bittersweet pleasures these two create are solitary." --SF Chronicle
"Ephemeral yet impressive, the changing season awakens melodies of Billy and Dolly, the local singing and songwriting duo formerly of the Monolith. The guy-girl combo is backed by the Tell-Tale Hearts, a sonic unity of 20 Minute Loop's rockin' guitar-bass team and the Monolith's drummer. The harmonies are deliciously poppy and achingly bittersweet, reminiscent of Elliott Smith, were he not so chronically bummed and had a lovely lady voice as a complement. Beware: between the trees and the tunes, it's all so pretty, it just might hurt your heart." --SF Bay Guardian
The 21st Century
THE 21ST CENTURY is an eight-piece Independent Rock/Pop group hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. Led by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Bevan Herbekian, the band combines intricate arrangements, colorful harmonies and brass with lyrical surrealism and an offbeat pop sensibility reminiscent of The Zombies, The Flaming Lips and Belle and Sebastian. Additionally, their flare for classic showmanship and grandiose songcraft nods to such musical landmarks as The E Street Band and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. In recent months, they have championed the Bay Area club circuit and completed our debut album, Record, with two-time Grammy-award winning producer, Stephen Short; was released September 1st 2011.
Manifacier is a singer-songwriter who grew up in the small-town brushes of southern France, learning piano and guitar from a young age. From France he moved to California, where he joined a community of local musicians with whom he could expand his ideas of song-writing and begin to form the tracks that would eventually become a collection of songs that slowly burn into a fire-pit of sensational melodies. The delicacy of Manifacier's material was partly down to inspiration, party to environment, many of the songs being born and developed in coffee shops across The Valley, where he would woo crowds in two languages through his yielding, mournful voice and unconditional passion.
Morgan then wrote and recorded 'Grande' by finding quiet places within the crowd of his Oakland campus where he's currently enrolled as a music student. The music he has compiled adds softness to a very exciting movement in "home recording", offering a traditional voice to the ballistic new wave of noise spearheaded by artists like James Blake and Pantha du Prince.
The album speaks about solitude, travel, death, love, and everything else worth the emotion needed to generate an idea behind a song. Taking its title from Manifacier grandfather's surname, 'Grande' represents the only safe-haven Morgan had known in his childhood, and now honors the songs that have shaped him as an adult.
There's a 6 ticket limit for this event per household, customer, credit card number and email address. Patrons who exceed the ticket limit can have their order cancelled automatically and without notice.
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