Celebrate the Fourth of July with Giraffage, Bobby Browser, Mister Lies

If you're hella confused about which San Francisco party to hit up on the Fourth of July, Rickshaw Stop has you covered. Professional Fans and Imaginary Friends will present Popscene Club Night with Bay Area clubmasters Giraffage (San Francisco's Charlie Yin) and Bobby Browser (Andre Ferriera), plus a live set from Mister Lies (Chicago's Nick Zanca) and a DJ set from Aaron Axelsen. The San Francisco show will mark the last stop on the Giraffage + Mister Lies North American tour, which kicked off June 18 on Zanca's home turf. I interviewed Mister Lies the last time he rolled through [...]

Mister Lies and XXYYXX to play for free in Berkeley on 4/12/13

Fans of downbeat, synth-heavy artists and free shows, rejoice! Mister Lies and XXYYXX will be playing for free at UC Berkeley this Friday. Chicago's Mister Lies (aka Nick Zanca) is currently on tour promoting his latest release, Mowgli, while Florida's XXYYXX is promoting his self-titled album. Both bands will be playing outdoors in the courtyard area of Berkeley's campus known as Upper Sproul. This should be an interesting experience to listen to introverted, sleepy synth beats in such an open and airy environment. Superb Productions has been stepping their game up this spring by booking bigger names to play on [...]

Interview: Mister Lies plays Bottom of the Hill 1/11/13 with Giraffage, Some Ember

Photo: John Taylor Giraffage and Some Ember will open for Mister Lies on the San Francisco date of his West Coast tour this Friday, January 11th at Bottom of the Hill. The show marks the first Bay Area headlining performance for Mister Lies, the electronic solo project of Chicago's Nick Zanca, and only his second San Francisco show ever. On the flipside, the occasion also marks the last San Francisco show of Some Ember (for a while, at least), as the Dylan Travis-fronted synth-goth outfit is currently in the process of moving across the country from the East Bay to [...]

Live This Month: January 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #296)

Live This Month: January 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #296) 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. Plenty of local bands are highlighted among this month's picks, including Kowloon Walled City, a heavy SF quartet celebrating their new LP, Container Ships, with a show at the Hemlock Tavern this month. It's a great bill from top to bottom, rounded out by SF psych rockers Golden Void and instrumental trio Minot. Meanwhile, after last year's terrific Under [...]

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