Giggle Party, Animal Friend, Li Xi, Host/DJ Neil Martinson
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
Watch & Listen
Mammoth Life is a female fronted, dream-pop quartet from San Francisco. Soaked in reverb with coursing organ and electric guitar, this band falls somewhere between Weezer's Blue and current releases by Tennis and Beach House. ML's debut LP will be out July 31st via Satisfying Records.
Giggle Party was formed in Dallas, Texas and after garnering a dedicated cult following for their raucous live performances and feel-good, borderline absurdest breed of pop-punk, they have relocated to San Francisco.
Giggle Party think of themselves as a musical extension of the Lowbrow and Pop Surrealist movements; believing that making music doesn’t require you to be serious.
Animal Friend was born over the course of several years in San Francisco. The head came out full of wiggling feelers, bass guitars and drum rolls. Her parents were surprised when the body emerged looking more like a synthesizer. Last were the various appendages, still shaky, but clutching tambourines, and more synthesizers. Over time, she has grown into quite a beast. At times, her penetrating, lonely cry can be heard from across city at night. At other times, she coos softly, like a flute. Gentle at a distance, but muscular and even dangerous in person, she now rides a bicycle on stage.
Here's what The Bay Bridged had to say about a recent field recording:
"That still may not give you a good sense of where these guys come from, but when you make kick ass music as funky and lively as Animal Friend does, none of that stuff matters. They recently released a single "Sunset" that will make it hard for you to sit still, with a driving beat topped with falsettos and synths all over the place. Their earlier release, an EP entitled Feelers Out, follows a similar formula that works perfectly."
Combining fuzzy, oxidized psychedelic decimation with space-aged, future-retro motorik pop, San Francisco's Li Xi reside in a sonic world of their own. Led by Maryann Tran and James Vernon, the band is on it's 2nd year and about to release their debut full length record "Meet Me Somewhere."
The group's sound is layered. Often James will use vintage analog synthesizers, string machines, an array of vintage keyboards and guitar to sculpt a soundtrack. Maryann's vocals are haunting and yet hooky and memorable. Sometimes utilizing three-part harmonies, sometimes using a minimalistic single melody to cut through a layered track. Will Cline and Dennis Gallway provide a deceptively simple and yet voracious rhythm section that helps characterize the band's distinct sound.
In 2013 the group released their debut 7" single, Macro Garden on 20 Sided Records. On the tour to support the release, recording artist New Fast (Miles Jenkins) joined forces on guitar to bring new dynamic elements of noise and improvisation to their sound.
"The sound is alternately crunchy and fuzzy and surprisingly aggressive, and wistful and dreamily shimmery . . ." -- Aquarius Records on Li Xi's 7" single Macro Garden
Host/DJ Neil Martinson
spins Psych, Soul, Glam, Bubblegum, Laserboogie and such like...
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