Photo: Jesse Littlebird

Photo: Jesse Littlebird

Oakland band The Saxophones began about 10 years ago as a solo songwriting project for Alexi Erenkov, who was in college studying jazz saxophone, flute, and clarinet, but as he put it, he was "dreaming of playing guitar and singing". So despite the woodwind-y name, this project is somewhat ironically dominated by Erenkov's intimate vocals, with sprinklings of sax solos and clarinets mixed in. The Saxophones just dropped their first track in several years, "On the Water", which is also the first track from their forthcoming EP, set for release on limited-edition lathe-cut vinyl. Highly recommended if you feel like floating. The Saxophones have a pair of shows coming up early this month. First at You're Going to Die at Lost Church on November 5 (where they'll just be playing a single song), followed by a full set November 10 at EM Wolfman Books in Oakland.

Pleasures, The Yellow Dress, The Saxophones
EM Wolfman Books
November 10, 2015
7pm, $5

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