POPSCENE and RICKSHAW STOP CO-PRESENT
SUMif, plus DJ Aaron Axelsen (popscene/ALT105.3)
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
This event is all ages
The modern indie band happily discusses its DIY ethic, but follows a rather traditional path—single, video, album, tour, repeat. And you can bet there are rather large and involved machinations behind the scenes.
Then there’s Midi Matilda.
The San Francisco-based duo—Skyler Kilborn and Logan Grimé—comprise a rather unconventional but extraordinarily catchy electro-pop duo that’s more than happy to do everything themselves: songwriting, instruments, audio engineering, producing, video production, artwork, even live shows (“Just the two of us does make touring easy,” notes Kilborn.)
Midi Matilda officially started in 2011. Named after both Grime’s great, great grandmother Mini Matilda de calca jour (who migrated from France to own one of the first gold mines in Virginia City) and a picture of a robot his dad drew that played music, the electro-pop duo immediately drew rave reviews. “[A band] uniquely poised for imminent world takeover,” said The Huffington Post. “Impeccably polished and produced,” added SF Weekly. And The Burning Gear simply noted, “It’s kind of perfect.”
Influential SF alternative station Live 105 crowned Midi “their favorite new band,” while comparisons to everyone from M83 to Passion Pit abounded (credit Kilborn’s tender falsetto for the latter praise).
Since releasing the EP Red Light District in 2013, Midi Matilda has focused exclusively on releasing one song at a time. Recently, that includes the buoyant synth-pop earworm “Tidal Wave” (which features a wildly inventive vid clip that should win some sort of “Most Locations Ever Used In a Music Video” award) and “You Make Me Feel Like,” a slinky, horn-infused pop jam that took three years to perfect.
SUMif is a San Francisco-based electro-pop outfit spearheaded by Steph Wells. Inspired by artists such as Ellie Goulding, Jack Garratt, and Tove Lo, the project released ten singles from 2016 to 2017 – including the #1 Hype Machine hit “Lay Down” – and has since opened for VÉRITÉ, Ella Vos, RKCB, Lauv, Little Boots, and KUČKA. Joined onstage by synth/guitarist Rahi Kumar, SUMif is what The Bay Bridged calls "an enormous roar" and “one of [2016's] best female vocalists" according to Indie Shuffle.