Lars Finberg (LA, In the Red), Violent Change, Blues Lawyer at the Ivy Room
Feb
8
9:00 PM21:00

Lars Finberg (LA, In the Red), Violent Change, Blues Lawyer at the Ivy Room

LARS FINBERG (LA, In the Red)
Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Korn, Lars Finberg. Bands and musicians from Bakersfield, California have a tendency of doing things their own way. Though he left Bakersfield a while ago, Mr. Lars Aldric Finberg has built a solid reputation as a unique artist and his work in legendary bands A-Frames, The Intelligence and Thee Oh Sees, have helped make him a West Coast elder statesman when it comes to idiosyncratic rock n roll. Produced and recorded by Ty Segall, his new album Moonlight Over Bakersfield, out December 1 on In the Red, combines post-punk jitters, experimental pop, and deep rhythms.

VIOLENT CHANGE

Hazy pop channeling a Swell Maps meets Guided by Voices vibe. A churning wash of guitars and driving rhythms topped off by guitarist/vocalist Matt Bleyle’s distinctive laconic deadpan vocals.

BLUES LAWYER
"Rob I. Miller (Mall Walk), Elyse Schrock (The World), Alejandra Alcala (Preening), and Nic Russo (aka Dick Stusso) hail from Oakland but are neck-deep in UK minimalist punk (think Pink Flag-era Wire), post-punk (a la early Television Personalities), and a guy-gal bruised feelings-frustrated romance feel (the Vaselines citation is right on the money).” - The Vinyl District

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Lars Finberg, Peacers, Sarah Bethe Nelson at The Knockout, SF
Feb
9
5:00 PM17:00

Lars Finberg, Peacers, Sarah Bethe Nelson at The Knockout, SF

Join us for a late afternoon/early evening of outer echelon pop at The Knockout with Lars Finberg (LA, In the Red), Peacers, and Sarah Bethe Nelson. EARLY SHOW! 5:00pm doors, 5:30pm show. 21+

LARS FINBERG (LA, In the Red)
Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Korn, Lars Finberg. Bands and musicians from Bakersfield, California have a tendency of doing things their own way. Though he left Bakersfield a while ago, Mr. Lars Aldric Finberg has built a solid reputation as a unique artist and his work in legendary bands A-Frames, The Intelligence and Thee Oh Sees, have helped make him a West Coast elder statesman when it comes to idiosyncratic rock n roll.

Produced and recorded by Ty Segall, his new album Moonlight Over Bakersfield, out December 1 on In the Red, combines post-punk jitters, experimental pop, and deep rhythms.

PEACERS
Tunes rock forth from a jukebox with a crack in the glass, with channels leaking / kaleidoscopic aspects of low-fi life, all bubblegum…

SARAH BETHE NELSON

Hazy pop meets shimmering slowcore.

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Kate Berlant at the Starline Social Club, Oakland
Feb
12
8:00 PM20:00

Kate Berlant at the Starline Social Club, Oakland

Kate Berlant is an LA based writer/performer who has performed at festivals across the globe including a sold out run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, She has been described by The New York Times as a "magnetic improvisational comic" at the forefront of experimental comedy. Kate most recently appeared in Boots Riley’s breakout Sundance film 'Sorry to Bother You'.

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Kate Berlant at the Rickshaw Stop, SF
Feb
13
8:00 PM20:00

Kate Berlant at the Rickshaw Stop, SF

Kate Berlant is an LA based writer/performer who has performed at festivals across the globe including a sold out run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, She has been described by The New York Times as a "magnetic improvisational comic" at the forefront of experimental comedy. Kate most recently appeared in Boots Riley’s breakout Sundance film 'Sorry to Bother You'.

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Valentine's Day with Sick Thoughts (New Orleans), Spodee Boy (Nashville), Midnite Snaxxx at Ivy Room
Feb
14
8:30 PM20:30

Valentine's Day with Sick Thoughts (New Orleans), Spodee Boy (Nashville), Midnite Snaxxx at Ivy Room

Valentine's Day with Sick Thoughts (New Orleans), Spodee Boy (Nashville), Midnite Snaxxx at Ivy Room. 8:30pm, $8/10. Adv. tix now on sale

SICK THOUGHTS If you don’t know Sick Thoughts, you don’t know punk. The band is the mighty Drew Owen. Baltimore born and bred, he then up and moved to the swamps of New Orleans while still a teenager. The general consensus was he’d be another casualty of The Big Easy decadence, and would soon be seen hitting up tourists for money on Bourbon Street with a dog on a rope. But somehow he got hooked up with the best (worst?) folks in the city and kept making great music. That, and the fact that forty-ounce bottles just bounce off his head, have kept him alive. Rock and roll romance and the promise of socialized health care sent him to the (imaginary?) home of Killed By Death punk, Helsinki, Finland. Which makes perfect sense—this album is like the perfect KBD record, full of buzzsaw guitars, machine gun drums and hooks that hit like a tire iron. Owen’s brand of aural early-20s angst, with doses of Zero Boys, Reatards, and early Crüe, mixed with the stench of the streets, has never sounded better. This album clearly puts Sick Thoughts on top of the punk heap. It’s Owen’s world—get in it!

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SPODEE BOY “Nashville's Spodee Boy aka Connor Cummins, embraces being weird. The band's press release calls Cummins both the cities' "greatest cartoon weirdo" and "premier freak" before you've even read as far as the text's body. The one man band's ramshackle lo-fi punk draws heavily from the Devo gene pool, but Spodee Boy has devolved a bit further from the tree, back to a primal state where structure, intent, and any resemblance of clarity are foreign ideas. This is the filth, the underbelly, the audible insanity where rudimentary blown-out chaos reigns supreme, captured at it's rawest on a 4-track Tascam. It's a mess of freaked out post-punk for all those with fried minds.” - Post Trash

MIDNITE SNAXXX “Since their 2017 record, Chew On This, Oakland’s Midnite Snaxxx have been spitting singles in fits and starts, but the short forms remain their forte. No disrespect to the full length lovers, but the band’s whiplash spirt is best captured between two sides of short attention span snotty punk built for sunshine hijinx. The A-side, “Let Me Do What I Want,” is a denim-vested world beater that’s not content to take no for an answer and isn’t afraid to lob the first volley in food fight fisticuffs. The song might as well stand as a credo for the California combo – loud, fast and brash – it’s a femme punk fuck you to the ruling class, or at the very least, a middle finger to the store manager on the way out of the sliding doors.“ - Raven Sings the Blues

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Deaf Wish (Australia, Sub Pop), Rays, Nopes at The Knockout, SF
Sep
21
9:00 PM21:00

Deaf Wish (Australia, Sub Pop), Rays, Nopes at The Knockout, SF

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DEAF WISH (Melbourne, Australia)
Hazardous riffing, chemically-stained vocals and fiery rhythms, a tangled pile of firecrackers and a red stick of TNT lodged in a hornets nest. Their new album, Lithium Zion, is a veritable buffet of garage-punk energy, post-punk pathos, sardonic wit and the fearlessness that comes with Aussie rock, a natural consequence for anyone living on a continent teeming with grapefruit-sized spiders and man-eating mosquito swarms. Chugging along as though krautrock was trying to speed past the late 70s but got caught in the sticky grasp of punk. Such is the way of Deaf Wish, a group destined to write songs that are simultaneously stupid and sublime, vulnerable and ferocious, and play them with the unbridled intensity they demand. Anyone serving a life sentence to rock will surely concur.

RAYS
On Rays' debut album the band spins eleven tunes of wiry, urgent post-punk, one foot planted firmly in the nihilistic apathy of 70 & 80s punk (Wire, Electric Eels, Pere Ubu, Eno, Television The Fall), Australian punk past & present (UV Race, Terry, Victims, Babeez), and the addictive strum of 80s & 90s New Zealand/Flying Nun pop; all of whom have found their own way to meld the ferocity & thuggery of punk with a singular melodic voice. Throughout it all, RAYS debut never feels angry, Recorded by Bay-area stalwart Kelley Stoltz & mastered by Australian tone-genius Mikey Young (Total Control/Eddy Current Suppression Ring) RAYS is a joyous album packed with weird new-wave swirls and sugar-sticky hooks.

NOPES
Never Heard of It, the debut full-length by Bay Area punk foursome Nopes, features 12 squirmy songs, each a sputtering projectile following its own discrete, haphazard trajectory. As for mood, that dopey, deadbeat-chic album cover is telling: On Never Heard of It, day jobs are a scourge and jokes abound (even if its just naming a song Duran Duran Duran). But more than other garage-adjacent punk records, the players are distinct enough to animate a dozen tracks: the rhythm section swerves and strikes like boxers, in unison, until violently entangled. Fighting imagery aside, its the impish and kinetic guitar that has the lead voice on this album, with its zippy melodic runs and pitch-bent discord. - Sam Lefebvre, Bandcamp

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