Cougar on a Meth Binge at our 25th Street Recording event, Apr 2, 2016. (photo: Jon Bauer)
In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week’s Bay Area concert scene.
The Floozies, SunSquabi, Sugar Beats @ The Catalyst (SCZ) Mar. 30.
The brothers Matt and Mark Hill of Lawrence, KS have been dubbed “the undisputed kings of electro-funk” by Adam Deitch of Lettuce. Evolving from a duo of guitar and drum driving improvisation into the use of electronic elements and a laser-heavy light show, these two have come a long way in 8 years. On a shorter and quicker come up are Boulder, CO based SunSquabi. The three piece glitch-hop funk outfit have been gaining traction up and down the Rockies and are more than worth a glance. Sugar Beats of Ashland, OR opened the evening proper. —Joshua Huver
Car Seat Headrest and Plush @ The Crepe Place (SCZ) Apr. 3.
Will Toledo and co. of Seattle, WA (formerly Leesburg, VA) are on the move in support of their upcoming 13th full length album and first following the traditional studio process with Matador Records. The low-fi angst spilled into the streets as the intimate venue sold out before Plush took the stage for a short and enthusiastic set. The somber songs of Car Seat Headrest echoed the familiar Sunday gripe of the end of the weekend and reflected a weary outlook over a wide, soul crushing sound. —Joshua Huver
moe. at the Fillmore (SF) Apr. 9.
moe. took the stage at the famed Fillmore Auditorium for a special live album recording. Featuring a set list full of surprise song pairings, rarities and new songs in general, the quintet in it’s 25th year proved why they are a main staple of the jam scene. Although usually recorded and available for release shortly after the show, this special recording is going to be re-mastered and pressed for vinyl, therefore suspended the release of the audio. — Joshua Huver
Poolside at Mezzanine (SF) Apr. 9.
The duo of Sweden born Filip Nikolic and SF’s Jeffrey Paradise exploded in popularity immediately following their first Soundcloud release in 2010. After taking a much needed, year-long hiatus in 2015, the duo returned to the decks to ring in Jeffrey’s April 10 birthday in style. Following the release of an hour long mix tape, look for more chill Poolside tracks – and shows – scheduled for this summer. — Joshua Huver
moe. at Moe’s Alley (SCZ) Apr. 10.
What was originally conceived as an easy-going, laid back and hassle free Sunday night acoustic bill turned out to be a rowdy three and a half hour throwdown. It is not uncommon for moe. to strip themselves acoustic, but rare indeed for an entire two set show. A mixed bag of bluegrass, country and moe.’s own brand of jam, the incredibly intimate venue and its updated sound system will have fans reminiscing of this show for years. — Joshua Huver
RDL+ and Steve Weems at Studio Grand (OAK) Apr. 10.
Jazz funk improvisers RDL+ were in fine form at their monthly residency show Sunday night. They had an expanded cast, first joined by the incredible voice of singer Justine Mendoza at the top of the for a few smartly composed genre hopping songs. Then the groups drummer Steve Weems presented a few of his wildly adventurous pieces. Saxophonist/laptop-ist/composer Mario Godoy (of Makeunder fame) was one half of a duo piece featuring electronic manipulation of their instruments sounds. The whole night ended with a group improvisation. However, the most affecting moment was when the group was joined by trombonists Brendan Lai-Tong and Tim Phelan. They helped perform a piece by Weems called “Waltz for Walton”, dedicated to the late Jeff Walton, a fantastic Bay Area trombonist and arranger. The piece was heartfelt, playful, stirring, humorous, and above all highly musical, and it served as a fitting tribute to a remarkable musician and a wonderful man. —Michael Bang