We’re all in agreement that live music is the cure for for many ailments, right? Alternative Cure, a local non-profit, is taking this mantra to heart as they focus on their mission: to gift cancer patients and their families with memory-making concert experiences and raise funds for cancer research. Next week, they’re putting on a benefit show featuring recently reunited Oakland electro-poppers The Lovemakerslocal alt-rock stalwarts Scissors for Lefty, and Popscene/LIVE105 DJ Aaron Axelsen.

Both these local bands have been teasing new work this year. The Lovemakers, who were on a four-year hiatus and have been more active as a band since 2014, have been posting heavily on Instagram and their website these past few weeks about a follow-up to their last record, 2009’s Let’s Be Friends. The band is known for their offbeat electro-pop and theatrical, anything-goes live performances. Catch a unreleased demo of their sexy, bass-heavy jam “All Together” below.

Scissors for Lefty, on the other hand, has been going steady and strong for 16 years. The latest we’ve heard from Bryan Garza & company is of his “Love, Jerks” rock opera wedding at the Chapel last fall, which he wrote with fiancee Rebecca Bortman of Happy Fangs. They were in the studio last year and hope to put out a new record this year, following their 2014 release Bangs & Lashes. For a taste of what’s to come at the show, reminisce with their dance-rock fast-talking 2005 single “Mama Your Boys Will Find a Home.”

Highly anticipated new music from local favorites and a great cause mark this show as something you should brave the NFL traffic to see next week.

The Lovemakers, Scissors for Lefty, DJ Aaron Axelsen
Bottom of the Hill
January 27, 2016
7:30pm, $15-20 (All Ages)