He's My Brother She's My Sister

He's My Brother She's My Sister

Nobody Dances in This Town is a great title for the debut album from L.A.'s He’s My Brother She’s My Sister. In Southern California’s music scene, most audience members watch bands with their arms crossed—and many of them are also in bands. But the title also references HMBSMS’s secret weapon, Lauren Brown, who peppers the percussion with microphoned tapshoes and an oversized drum that she dances on during performances. “Tales That I Tell” opens sounding like glammed-up pirate-folk. Over glitter-rock guitar riffs, siblings Rachel and Rob Kolar (hence the band’s moniker) sing shanty-like pop gussied in rootsy instrumentation. The band’s description of its sound as “cabaret blues” applies to the following “Let It Live Free,” a festive romp through Tom Waits’ garden. But the group also calls some of its songs “cirque rock”; this makes sense when listening to “Clackin’ Heels,” where heavyhanded guitar riffs and big bouncy rhythms stop and take breaks for Brown’s percussive tap dancing.

"A gritty trip from the barstool to the vaudeville stage…and just about everywhere in between." - Filter

"He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister is about far more than just the music they make, which is eclectic in the truest sense with elements of psych, folk, country, western, gypsy, vaudeville and several other adjectives that probably are more likely to be used to describe fashion movements or underground burlesque shows. Above all else, and owing to their theatrical roots, they’re about putting on an entertaining show. Music is one component of this, but so are the band’s clothes, so is their movement on stage, so is their energy, so are the opening acts, so is the venue and, perhaps most importantly, so are the audience members." - Paste Magazine

Sioux City Kid

Led by songwriter Jared Griffin, Sioux City Kid came together in 2009 and has since morphed, shifted and evolved into a commanding 7-headed beast of a band. Mixing the roots of Americana, Rock, and Delta Blues, Sioux City Kid quickly gained notoriety in San Francisco for their whiskey-fueled performances and anthemic melodies like "Little Hell" and "Wishin' Well". Within a year of the bands formation, they had won Live 105's Battle of the Bands, played Twitter's inaugural Twestival, and performed at BFD alongside such heavy hitters as Spoon, Hole and the Limousines at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. the release of their first LP, 2011's Speak of the Devil, but Softly, was greeted with a sold out evening at San Francisco's legendary Great American Music Hall. They have headlined at-capacity and packed houses at prestigious venues throughout San Francisco including The Independent, The Great American Music Hall, Cafe du Nord, and Bottom of the Hill. In 2012 the band was honored to open for Emmylou Harris. The band is headed back into the studio this winter and their next album, Minutes, Miles, Troubles & Trials, is set for release in 2013.

Song Preservation Society

Song Preservation Society is Trevor Bahnson, Ethan Glazer and Daniel Wright. Their debut EP, Ready Room, was recorded in the fall of 2012 with guidance from the much-respected Nino Moschella, master of coaxing masterful production out of a modest multitrack. Ready Room is Song Preservation Society’s from-the-heart music brought to full and beautiful life with brass, woodwinds, strings and even fuzz guitar. It’s seven songs with a strange kind of purity that points to something timeless. In 1966, it could have fit between the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel and Love; in 1976, it’d make people think of the last Big Star album; right now it shines through bands like Fleet Foxes and The Shins to be a ray of light all its own. When they started out, they might have picked that name just for fun, but on Ready Room, they’ve really made something worth preserving.

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He's My Brother She's My Sister with Sioux City Kid, Song Preservation Society

Friday, February 1 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Independent

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