The overlords of Bay Area indie rock have heard your prayers and have granted show-goers a change of pace this weekend, just in time for soothing the lingering post-New Year’s, post-49ers hangover that will be known forever as January 2012. It will be like a B vitamin with a coconut water chaser for your ears and soul.
Squonk is Jeff Anderle and Jonathan Russel — two dudes with bass clarinets and a love of classical composition, klezmer, and heavy metal, in no particular order. While Russel has been pursuing his PhD at Princeton, Anderle performs with the Magik*Magik Orchestra, San Francisco’s indie orchestra that has helped tart up rock recordings for John Vanderslice, The Dodos, and many others.
Suqonk made their first stop last night in San Francisco where they shared the stage with experimental percussion and guitar duo, The Living Earth Show. They head to Berkeley for a Saturday performance with Amy X Neuberg, and on Sunday will be in Palo Alto for a show with Areon Flutes.
For all three performances, the duo will play compositions of their own, as well as those written by artists like Amit Gilutz, and Michael Sempert of the band Birds and Batteries, as well as a surprise pop cover.
Saturday, January 28 at 8:30pm @ Subterranean Art House, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, tickets $15-$30 | Sunday, January 29 at 5pm @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Rd., Palo Alto, tickets $15-$20