Bottom of the Hill

San Francisco's best bizarro punk/dance/rock duo Friends W/O Benefits is sharing one impressive bill Thursday night at Bottom of the Hill.

Alongside the Friends are the similarly wild and weird mini And The Bear, playing a genre they call "power volume" but one I call "holy shit they just blew out my eardrums because I didn't know rock bands played this loud anymore." They're like if Fugazi dropped out of college, did a bunch of meth, then burnt down the mental institution the state tried to hold 'em in.

Then there's The Brankas, who play tender, piano-driven love ballads. Of course I'm kidding. They're loud as hell too, another duo proving that the number of instruments onstage doesn't necessarily correlate with expected volume levels.

If indie rock hasn't punched you in the face in a while, Bottom of the Hill is the place to be Thursday night. It's nice to be reminded that the genre can still surprise you in its stripped-down ferocity.

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The Brankas, mini And The Bear, Friends W/O Benefits
Bottom of the Hill
February 11, 2016
8:30pm, $8 (21+)

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