Ask The Staff: What do you want your First Concert After to be?

(Ceremony and Perfume Genius: Estefany Gonzalez. Lizzo: Ian Young.) As chroniclers of the Bay Area's live music scene, we are obviously so, so excited for concerts to come back. Well, kind of — some of us have some trepidation about the speed at which live events are announcing their return, considering that, though case numbers have fallen dramatically, we're still in an active pandemic. But that doesn't mean a number of us haven't been daydreaming about what the perfect first concert to see after this is all over (or at least mostly over) would be. So we asked the staff: [...]

Review + Photos: Perfume Genius @ The Independent

Perfume Genius (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) “I woke up mad today,” Mike Hadreas, the artist also known as Perfume Genius, told the audience during his sold-out performance on Tuesday night at the Independent. Dressed in slacks, a thin white tank-top, half chaps, and black dress shoes, Hadreas danced with a billowing flow and did not actually seem to be upset about anything except the function of his right in-ear monitor, which he took to removing halfway through every song in frustration. Opening song “Otherside” began with a soft piano riff before bursting into a noise blast lit by bright yellow stage lights. [...]

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What’s Happening This Week? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, July 17 – 20

The future of mariachi begins this Thursday in San Jose. (photo: Andy Averbuch) Monday, July 17 Hazel English @ The Independent Riding high on the release of her new double EP, the Oaklander comes to the Independent. T-Rextasy, Soar @ Cafe du Nord Read our somewhat silly, somewhat revealing interview with the New York band above. Try the Pie @ Elbo Room We will never turn down a chance to see Try the Pie live. Tuesday, July 18 Perfume Genius @ The Independent Check out the first of two much-anticipated shows from Perfume Genius, currently touring on the success of [...]

Perfume Genius playing two nights at the Independent this week

(photo:Inez and Vinoodh) On the heels of his fourth album release, Mike Hadreas will return to San Francisco to grace the Independent with another sold out booking, performing as Perfume Genius for two consecutive nights on July 18 and 19. Brooklyn R&B poet serpentwithfeet will provide support for both shows. While previous Perfume Genius albums have focused heavily on the pains of battling internal demons of addiction and discrimination, No Shape (available now on Matador Records) illustrates Hadreas' quest towards becoming a "ball of light just floating around” as opposed to "just being better." Following a period of sobriety alongside [...]

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Belle and Sebastian coming to Berkeley this weekend

Chamber pop veterans Belle and Sebastian are coming to the Greek Theatre in Berkeley this weekend, touring behind their first album in five years, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. The familiar trademarks of the group's sound are present on their ninth studio recording, from Stuart Murdoch's acerbic wit to their penchant for writing stirring, gorgeous melodies (especially on soaring opener "Nobody's Empire"), but many of the tracks are exploring more dance-centric territory. Propulsive rhythms reverberate throughout: the slinky, gripping groove of "The Party Line," the electro, ABBA-esque dance-floor burner "Enter Sylvia Plath," and the Latin-inflected percussion of "Perfect Couples" all contribute [...]

Weeping and howling: Perfume Genius at the Independent

Perfume Genius, the stage name of Seattle's Mike Hadreas, consistently drew shouts and cheers from the sold-out crowd last night, despite performing music that can be overwhelmingly sad — stories of fucked-up relationships, body trauma, and discrimination. Everyone in the room at the Independent was rooting for Hadreas, as though he was on the brink of collapse, a bundle of nervous performances held together by his backing band. But then Hadreas would step away from his signature piano and grab the microphone and dance around the stage, usually while performing tracks from his louder, more aggressive 2014 LP Too Bright, a [...]

By |October 22, 2014|Tags: |

Interview: Perfume Genius likes being more in-your-face

Perfume Genius was just as charming during our phone interview as I had hoped. The solo project of Seattle-native Mike Hadreas, Perfume Genius is having a moment. The release of his third album, Too Bright, threw a flurry of attention towards the chamber pop artist's moody palette of songs. The album is being called one of the year's best and rightfully so. Too Bright is a gut-punching stallion that shines a light on Hadreas's talent. Single "Queen" covers the reality of gay panic and homophobia and remains dark, sexy, funny, emotional. Too Bright has range too: It covers ground that [...]

By |October 13, 2014|Tags: |

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: The Soft Pack, Jason Lytle, Crocodiles, Tiger Army and more

We've got a veritable menagerie of bands in our ticket giveaways this week -- if you want to catch Crocodiles, Tiger Army, Sea of Bees and The Dodos (along with many more) on us, read on. To enter any contest submit an email to contest[at]thebaybridged[dot]com with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name once to only one contest. Contest Completed. Thursday, October 18th The Soft Pack, Crocodiles, Heavy Hawaii @ Slim’s The show starts at 9pm, $16, all ages. Click here to purchase [...]

Perfume Genius and Parenthetical Girls at Café Du Nord on Wednesday, March 21st

Is that rain so often falling from the Seattle sky, or is it tears? It seems that it's been sad times for Mike Hadreas, the man behind Perfume Genius who fortunately has a knack for channeling his pain into heartrending piano ballads rather than falling apart. The excellent new record, Put Your Back N 2 It, is only slightly less devastating than his 2010 debut, Learning, and that's probably only due to the lush orchestration of the sophomore effort that contrasts so starkly with the bleak arrangements of the first. Both feature the same lovelorn lyrics and fragile, haunting vocals [...]

Live This Month: March 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #274)

Live This Month: March 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #274) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. The annual insanity of South by Southwest means that a ton of artists are touring right now, and plenty of performers will be in SF in March en route to or returning from Austin. But while most of the acts included in this episode will be doing one or a dozen shows in bars and parking lots around the [...]

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