Phono del Sol: Thomas Arsenault takes the long road with Mas Ysa

Thomas Arsenault knows the enchanted feeling of crossing into San Francisco over the Bay Bridge. The folk-pop-electronica composer and multi-instrumentalist, who goes by Mas Ysa on stage, has passed through the City numerous times, and even briefly lived in Sonoma. “Driving into San Francisco and seeing all the boats going and the rolling hills with all the houses – it might be the most Atlantis-type city in North America,” said Arsenault, who performs at the 2015 Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival on Saturday, July 11, 2015. If any musician makes such a claim, he has to be well [...]

Mixtape: Northern California’s Best Summer Music Festivals Download: Mixtape: Northern California's Best Summer Music Festivals (Podcast #363) That the San Francisco Bay Area has seen a rapid rise in the number of music festivals over the last decade isn't a distinctly local phenomenon, but there's something about the way the Bay does festival season that feels unique. In many cases, it's the use of beautiful public spaces, city and state parks that become part of the festival experience. Or maybe it's the way that our festivals invest more time and effort into making sure that the food and beverage offerings are compelling on their own. There's [...]

Mas Ysa joins the lineup of performers at Phono del Sol 2015!

Great news! Today, we're excited to announce the addition of Mas Ysa to the stellar lineup of performers at the 2015 Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival, our all-day, all-ages fest, returning to Potrero del Sol Park (25th Street and Utah) on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Thomas Arsenault's emotive electronic pop has consistently impressed us over the last few years, and he's an extremely compelling live performer. We're eagerly awaiting his debut LP, Seraph, out July 24 on Downtown Records, and just two weeks before that album arrives, you can see Mas Ysa join Tanlines, King Tuff, Generationals, VÉRITÉ, [...]

Review & Photos: EMA, Mas Ysa, Safeword at The Independent

(Photos by Daniel Kielman) Wednesday night marked the end of EMA's West Coast tour with Mas Ysa, as the two acts performed their final sets before going their separate ways. Oakland duo Safeword (Darren Russell and Jonah Strauss) opened the show, playing on the floor of The Independent rather than the stage. I'm not sure whether they requested this unusual arrangement or were simply forced offstage due to an abundance of gear, but the duo crafted energetic post-punk with a four-piece drum kit and an electric bass guitar, plus a bunch of pedals. Canadian synth act Mas Ysa (a.k.a. Thomas [...]

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EMA and Mas Ysa ending U.S. tour in SF

On the heels of her third LP, Erika M. Anderson (a.k.a. EMA) will return to San Francisco on July 2 for a headlining gig at The Independent. Mas Ysa, the synth project of Canadian musician Thomas Arsenault, will support the show for its final night of the shared bill's Western U.S. tour. Mas Ysa made a strong debut with February's Worth EP. The Future's Void is EMA's first LP with Matador, and her third album under the solo moniker. The South Dakota native is also a founder of Gowns, a San Francisco-based noise-folk band that released three albums between 2006 [...]

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Mas Ysa to hit Rickshaw Stop with Lawrence Rothman, DJ Cool Greg

Photo by Noah Kalina Mas Ysa, the emphatic breathiness emerging from the depths of synth opulence, released new EP Worth earlier this month via Downtown Records. The project of Brooklynite and Kent Avenue (R.I.P. 285) frequenter Thomas Arsenault, Mas Ysa is hitting the road for a few select dates this month, including one in San Francisco this Friday. Working with the likes of Delorean, Deerhunter, and Purity Ring, Mas Ysa has become quite adept at developing his own evocative synth crasis. He moves seemlessly between structured symphonic expositions and bouts of prismatic spirals—it's calculated but emotional, especially on [...]

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