Finding Happyness in San Francisco

Some months ago, I had found my way into one of those hyperlinked rabbit holes that the Internet seems engineered to lead you down, clicking through a flickering procession of music sites and waiting for something to surprise me. The surprise came in the form of Weird Little Birthday, the debut record from a laconic group of Brits with an intentionally misspelled moniker: Happyness. I was immediately taken by the album’s gorgeous melodies and coy turns of phrase. Full to the brim with wry witticisms, Birthday, along with the band’s other work, hits upon the distinctive hallmarks of late-'90s Pavement-style slacker rock: [...]

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Live This Month: March 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: March 2015 (Podcast #358) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many San Francisco Bay Area bands are heading down to Austin to take part in South by Southwest madness this month. While that may mean that more locals are away, it also means more opportunities to see emerging artists on pre- and post-SXSW tours, including international buzz bands like Madrid's Hinds and London's Happyness. Both of those bands are younger than London-based 2:54, but that group [...]

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