Perhapsy Neck of the Woods

It's a wonderful thing when down-home, neighborhood-friendly venues put together bills that highlight not only the local but also bands that are evolving in parallel scenes around the U.S. If you're in the Richmond this Friday, or want to take a smooth ride on the 38, swing by Neck of the Woods to catch one of these "best of here and there" bills, headlined by Oakland's own Perhapsy. Though they come from places near and far (Denver! Los Angeles! Oh, the miles!), the three bands that share the bill are united through a vein of sunny, offbeat pop that probably leads straight to your heart. Find out what the bands have been up to, and add this show to your calendar of summer shows to melt/fall in love to.

Perhapsy:

Perhapsy

If you haven't heard of Perhapsy yet, you've probably heard at least one of Derek Barber's related projects. A member of Bells Atlas, Astronauts, etc., and Madeline Kenney's live band, Barber uses Perhapsy as a solo outlet to write dreamy, loop-heavy guitar pop that he undoubtedly pours his heart and soul into. We caught up with him a few months back and premiered his video for "All My Soul Swallowed," but since then, he's been the riding the wave of his newly released sophomore record Me Tie Dough-ty Walker. Recently, he took some time to talk with the upstart music podcast Vibez about his Ohio roots and his work in the music world. Perhapsy's set at Neck of the Woods is the first in some time to feature a full band, so it'll be a treat to see.

The Baltic:
the baltic
(photo: Hunter Gause)

Hailing from the Centennial State, this quartet recently had the honor of gracing the cover of the Arts section their local paper The Denver Post, and for good reason. From one local publication to another, their music still rings true, steeped in lush atmospherics and sounding right at home with California dream pop stalwarts. Funny enough, they have a song called "San Francisco," so for the sake of being exceedingly relevant, we're going to hear it now. It comes off the Archipelago EP they put out in the last few months.

Arms Akimbo:

arms akimbo

Honestly, this band is probably going to put people up in arms at how summery (and perfectly pairable with a beer) their music is. The four-piece from Los Angeles has an EP and a couple singles under their belt, but they're already making waves down south. Their music is more electric guitar-heavy recorded, but they like to strip things down, too. Take this live version of "Shakin'" from their Vignettes ep from last year. The echoey harmonies and fervent acoustic strumming, paired with the overall grainy quality of the film, make the experience like a campfire sing-along.

Perhapsy, The Baltic, Arms Akimbo
Neck of the Woods
July 15, 2016
9pm, $7 (21+)

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