The International Pop Overthrow Festival!
The Relatives, Agony Aunts, Butch Berry, Stormy Strong, Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands, Sarah Petrella
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
This event is 21 and over
Formed in 2003, the Bobbleheads, John Ashfield (guitar, vocals), Phil Bulan (drums, vocals), Eugene Koh (bass) have been delighting audiences with their songs of playful yet adult elementary-school infused pop. Their melodies will stick with you long after the song is over, but don't confuse catchy with kitschy. Their bottom line is held down by Phil's steady-on drumming and Eugene's rock-in-your-face bass. John's lyrics reveal they are happy music geeks, making the perfect 3-minute song and having fun along the way. According to The Bobbleheads, the world isn't such a bad place after all.
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New York 3-piece The Relatives play a moving (and grooving), lo-fi folk rock, full of depth, wit and respectful nods back in music history.
What happens when indie-pop magicians KC Bowman, Karla Kane, Khoi Huynh, and Charlie Crabtree of The Corner Laughers form a mysterious psychedelic side project? They incorporate the impeccable songwriting, layered harmonies and inventive arrangements Corner Laughers fans know and love and add alter egos, flights of fancy, distinctly weird touches and a galaxy of friends-as-guest-stars including Gil Ray (Game Theory, The Loud Family), Anton Barbeau (Three Minute Tease) and Allen Clapp (The Orange Peels). In the grand tradition of XTC’s Dukes of Stratosphear, the result is Agony Aunts and they’ve come to blow your mind.
Critics called their 2010 debut “Greater Miranda” “brilliantly, wonderfully twisted stuff ... pure pop perfection” (Musoscribe). With their new record, “Big Cinnamon,” the enigmatic supergroup continues the tradition of kaleidoscopic, mind-bending melodies and genre-defying sounds first encountered in “Greater Miranda” but take a step further toward the goal of making the world a trippier place with their singular blend of bubblegum-meets-rock opera. There’s something for every listener: 60s sunshine chamber pop (“Twenty-four Mergansers”); Satanic show tunes (“Big Cinnamon”); smooth yacht rock (“You’re So Vague”); post-ironic anthems (“Cool Fresh Nights”); evangelistic psych-country (“Trouble Was Born”) and all places in between.
Agony Aunts are part of Northern California’s Mystery Lawn Music, the eclectic-yet-ever-infectious record label/collective that has in recent years released The Orange Peels’ “Sun Moon,” The Corner Laughers’ “Poppy Seeds,” and Alison Faith Levy’s “World of Wonder,” among others.
With no desire to shy away from bombast, Agony Aunts’ “Big Cinnamon” swirls around cosmic themes, revisionist history, universal questions and epic adventures. Push play and enjoy the journey.
Sinking in deep with an unforgettably addictive sting, Stormy Strong's (real name) unique brand of "alternative saltwater rock" casts razor sharp hooks to the hungry masses. Stormy's honest bitter lyrics, raw emotion and anthemic melodies splice seamlessly with award winning song-writing that is fast approaching gale-force intensity.
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands
Sean O'Brien is the original singer in the California band TRUE WEST. He ha also performed with DENIM TV and The MARIETTAS. He now performs as a solo artist and with his permanent band, The Dirty Hands. Solo CDs include Too Personal; Seed of Mayhem, Goodbye Game, The Drug of Memory and last year's Future Harvest. Sean is currently working on his next album for release in 2014.
From a very young age, musical theatre gave Sarah the greatest opportunity to gain exceptional performing skills and constant practice of her writing abilities. While she performed consistently in both California and New York, Sarah never left her songwriting behind. She made her way to Nashville at just 15 years old, where she wrote and recorded with several prominent musicians including famed songwriter, Don Goodman. From that point on, Sarah continued to pursue a very successful career in musical theatre, but kept coming back to songwriting, which is now her full time artistic endeavor. As Sarah says, “Songwriting is my true love and passion.”
Sarah’s songs break the barriers of being genre-specific, and one can hear elements of pop, rock, folk, and even some country in her tunes. She notes influences as diverse as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Sara Bareilles in her music. Of the two original tracks, “Summer” and “Time Stands Still,” she claims the latter as her personal favorite because her younger sister made lyrical contributions to the song, and she considers it a great bonding moment in their relationship. KCRW, one of the most influential stations in the United States for independent music, says of Sarah: “She goes from light fun, to Broadway, to alt-folk rock in just three cuts-- Petrella is a musician in the fullest sense of the word.
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