Luke Sweeney, Strange Ideas, Warbler and Mark Allen-Piccolo (Mappy)
3101 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA, 94705
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 1:30 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
A bicycle crash left a teenage Sweeney with his jaw wired shut for six weeks, and in recovering, his sustenance was on an acoustic guitar. What was he chasing? Perhaps something in a progression that led to the acquisition of a Yamaha MT-50 4-track recorder, seclusion in empty piano rooms on the campus of UC Berkeley, hosting cassette release parties in his co-op, and the subsequent rabid touring and recording in some of San Francisco's most celebrated bands (Vows, Montra), all the meanwhile logging enough California-psych gold on tape to get a good stretch of Highway 101 named after him.
With the release of 'Ether Ore', Sweeney stripped down the approach in a solo debut that has local press lauding his 'distinctly handcrafted feel. Songs such as "Stuck to the Vine" and "Stone E. A. Way" balance delicate finger picking in odd tunings and the hushed sadness of unrequited love with melodies that feel like opiates for the soul' - (San Francisco Chronicle). Recorded over a few days in April 2012 at the house of the heralded Faultline Studios & Golden Gate Recording wizard Lucas Boilon, 'Sweeney creates magic with lyrics that are deeply personal and music that's... powerful' (East Bay Express).
Based in Oakland, California, Strange Ideas is the stage name of singer, songwriter and musician, Matthew Hable. Strange Ideas merges psych folk with garage rock and oldies soul.
When you hear the name Warbler, think of a folk-programmed bionic song-bird perched with joyful simplicity on the fresh rubble of a musical Apocalypse. Warbler's self-titled album, the second effort of singer/songwriter Sean Sullivan, is an enjoyably off-putting cocktail of pure organic spirit set on electric fire.
Mark Allen-Piccolo (Mappy)
MAPPY is an indie rock band based in Oakland, CA featuring songs written and performed by Mark Allen-Piccolo. Their debut record, Jungle Fish, was released March 2014. The album begins as a standard rock band lineup of guitars, bass, and drums, but drifts into intimate songs stripped down to just guitar and voice. The album is lush and dreamy. They are currently working on their second record, which should be completed early 2015.
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