Photo by Alissa Anderson

Next Tuesday, May 6, Vetiver returns to San Francisco to play the Great American Music Hall with the Kelley Stoltz band and The Mumlers. And thanks to GAMH, we have TWO pair of tickets to this show to give away. Just email before Friday at noon to enter, and we’ll choose two winners at random.

The show takes place the day after the release of their latest project, Thing of the Past on Gnomonsong Records. The band seems to release albums every two years, and Andy Cabic (who has also toured as a part of Devendra Banhart’s band) and crew decided it was time to bring an album of covers to the table. The album is full of songs that inspired the band, many of which come from lesser-known artists, from Hawkwind to Ian Matthews to Garland Jeffreys. The full band includes Cabic, Brent Dunn (bass), Sanders Trippe (guitar/vocals), Otto Hauser (drums/keyboards) and Kevin Barker (guitar/banjo/vocals), but the album features many guest performances, including Vashti Bunyan and Michael Hurley.

The songs originate from 1967-1973, but the band injects their own flair into the songs to give them a new life and reinvent them for the modern audience. On their website, Cabic explains that it’s one of the best experiences he’s had with recording an album because of the “combination of restraint and freedom in performing them.” You can listen to clips and buy this and other Vetiver albums here.

After a few more shows in California, the band heads out to a tour in the UK and Europe, while also working on their fourth album. Don’t miss this show, and be sure to email before Friday at noon for your chance to win two tickets. Otherwise, the show starts at 9pm and is $16.