HIJK are an Indie Rock band from Oakland, trafficking in “hyper late 90’s-style rock, full of addictive hooks and complex riffs”. Their art forward style hinges on angular guitar work that simultaneously references the Post-Punk sound, as well as, Alt-Rock staples like Superchunk. Check out the stop motion video for their brazen song “Paper Boat”.
The band is looking to “take your TV set” this Friday, February 28th, in a cool double bill with Autocomplete, at The Connecticut Yankee. Getting robbed never sounded so good…
Make sure to get your half price tickets in advance here!
Spidermeow will be headlining TurnStyle Music Group‘s first ever show in San Francisco this Friday night at The Connecticut Yankee. A forward thinking blend of Appalachian songcraft and progressive improvisation, Spidermeow spins their unique sound best in the live setting. With room to breathe and grow, their artfully constructed Laurel Canyon influenced tunes take flight via guitar fireworks and space funk grooves. Make sure you head down to The Connecticut Yankee in Potrero Hill this Friday, November 9th to see and hear the band for yourself!
More details and half price advance tickets can be found here.
Watch a live cut of the band performing at Owl Fest in Nevada this summer below.
Annie Clark is another insanely creative female indie pop artist that has really changed the game over the last few years like tUnE-yArDs‘ Merrill Garbus. She goes by the stage name St. Vincent, and her virtuosic guitar playing is matched by her commanding vocals and brilliant knack for catchy songwriting, poetic lyrics and quirky melodies. The 29 year old Texas native, and Berklee dropout, is a former member of Alt. Rock stalwarts, The Polyphonic Spree. That’s quite the pedigree. Watch the lead single, “Surgeon”, off her third album Strange Mercy, which was released this past September on 4AD Records and see if she lives up to the hype. I think so.
Also, for those of you lucky enough to live in the Southwest or the Bay Area, you can catch Annie and Merrill together as they co-headline 4 shows, aside from both being at each weekend of this year’s Coachella festival. Tour dates can be seen here.
Just a follow up on my post from last Friday about tUnE-yArDs. You can get a little more background on the adorable children in the video at Pitchfork. Watch below, to hear her latest single “My Country”.
tUnE-yArDs is the moniker of Oakland, CA based Indie-Pop songstress Merrill Garbus. The New England native has been operating under this alias for the last 6 years and has released 2 great albums. Earlier this year, the Village Voice‘s annual “Pazz and Jop” poll of critics named her second album w h o k i l l the #1 album of 2011. While saying w h o k i l l was the best album of 2011 is entirely subjective, no one can argue that her sound is the most creative of the last 2-3 years. “Real Live Flesh” off her first album BiRd-BrAiNs was my introduction to her weird world. You can hear the distinct influence of 90′s R&B and Neo-Soul in her powerful vocals, which is why she’s the perfect way to end this week’s thread.
We’re going to shift gears and get back to some music with classic sensibilities for a while. The burgeoning psychedelic revival happening on the West Coast has spawned two main strains and Ethan Miller of Oakland based Howlin’ Rain has created art in both. Up until 2006 he offered psych rock of a heavy, dark and noisy bent with Comets On Fire, but since then he has explored the other side of psychedelic music that leans more on the blues, roots music and classic soul. Almost more of a singer/songwriter approach, stressing melody over atmosphere. Below you can check out a short documentary, courtesy of Relix, that catches the band in the studio, on the road and on stage. The most poignant parts come when Miller is being interviewed and speaks candidly about the process and struggle of being in a band these days. At least he has the magic touch of legendary producer Rick Rubin to aid with the band’s latest release, The Russian Wilds, which is scheduled for release this Tuesday, February 14th. You will get a sample of the sound Miller is achieving, which has been linked directly to his upbringing in the pristine Northern California enclave of Humboldt County amid the majestic Redwoods.