Thundercult, The Purrs

Thundercult

The Purrs

The Purrs are a Seattle psych-rock outfit who’ve made promises to each other and kept them to their audience. Existing for more than a decade, The Purrs are crushed by their day jobs, unlucky in love, soaked in whiskey, and renowned for their blistering live performances. Their music is made for the late hours: an after work visit to the bar, dollars crumpled in pocket from being clumped in a fist; the same formation of a fist that extends outward for their roaring guitar solos, and blues lyricism crossed with Thurston Moore pedal stomps.

The Boy With Astronaut Eyes is The Purrs’ proud seventh full-length, and follows their 7” single from Fin. The Purrs understand that personal battles are won with rock and roll, optimism comes from release, and that these stories are meant to be shared. They “grab a table in the back, and start throwing them down.” That’s not to say that they’re purely rabble-rousers. The Purrs engage in multiple harmony vocals (from Jima, also on bass, and Liz Herrin, also on guitars), which allows them to drift from aggressive to sultry, and lonely and down and out to unified and hopeful. The dual guitars (Jason Milne and Herrin) organically drift from punk to country to shoegaze, aided by a strong rhythm section (Craig Keller on drums). The Boy WithAstronaut Eyes is peppered with longing, desperation, coos and howls; as Jima sings on “You, the Medicine and Me”, “true beauty awaits/for those who want it.” Much like how this sentiment is timeless, The Purrs brand of rock and roll devotionals are something that is never tiresome -- it's the weary reflection that comes with the night, before the new day.

Portuguese-American guitarist/songwriter Mark Matos and his super-collective, Os Beaches, traffic in Americalia: a mutant mix of Desert Rock, Tropicalia, California Country and San Francisco Psychedelia. MM & OB's well received 2009 debut, Words Of The Knife, drew comparisons to Beck (All Music Guide), John Steinbeck's California regionalism (Crawdaddy), and Howe Gelb (Present Magazine). Featuring contributions from members of Girls, The Blank Tapes, and Jolie Holland's band, the album inspired the LA Weekly to proclaim "Mark Matos & Os Beaches re-invent Western Exotica."

In 2012 Matos ("SF's Psych-Rock Mystic" -The Bay Bridged) was the subject of feature stories in both the SF Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly, which described Matos' performances as having "an electric unpredictability... the sense that the music could leap into something incredible at any moment, and it often does." In the same year the band (now featuring Damo Suzuki guitarist Josh Pollock) headlined the Great American Music Hall, performed a rock opera with props built by Phil Lesh's prop team, and established their own Last Waltz style rock & roll roadshow/festival, The Family Folk Explosion.

Light Thieves

Between the heavy and jarring rhythms, pop inspired melodies and textural soundscapes, Light Thieves present to you a sound that allows you to lose yourself in the moment, all the while realizing that you've been dancing the whole time.

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Thundercult, The Purrs with Mark Matos, Light Thieves

Wednesday, July 3 · 8:00 PM at Hotel Utah

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