Aside from a few scattered appearances here and there, The Fresh and Onlys — one of San Francisco’s longest-tenured and most-revered bands — have been dormant in recent times.
Although chief songwriter Tim Cohen said the group is on good terms now, there is a certain whiff of uncertainty with the Fresh and Onlys (a situation that is not unfamiliar for any band that has been together for more than 10 years).
Fortunately for fans of the group, the various members of the Fresh and Onlys have been active during the band’s recent dry spell. Guitarist Wymond Miles just released Call By Night, a gorgeous collection of wistful and spacey folk ballads inspired by artists like Tim Buckley and Love’s Arthur Lee. Miles played an album release show at the Makeout Room on July 7.
Cohen, as usual, is also staying busy. In the past, Cohen has released music under his own name and under the moniker Magic Trick, which eventually grew to become a full band. On Wednesday night, he’ll play at the Rickshaw Stop (billed as Tim Cohen), opening for the Cairo Gang, the creative vehicle for Southern California rocker Emmett Kelly (currently on a break from the Muggers, Ty Segall’s star-studded backup band).
Along with Cohen and Kelly, Oakland garage-rockers Night School will play on Wednesday.
The Cairo Gang, Night School, Tim Cohen
The Rickshaw Stop
August 3, 2016