Backing new album, Shearwater play the Independent March 4

Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg has a thing for birds, looks like he’s about 12 years old, and writes hyper-literate music — not exactly the template for rock star status. But he also has the ability to project his commanding voice in a way that exudes confidence — if you were to listen to Shearwater’s excellent new album, Jet Plane and Oxbow, you’d be convinced he’s the second coming of Warren Zevon (or someone like that). Due in large part to Meiburg’s exceptional range as a singer, Shearwater’s music has always contained elements of theatrics, from the Medieval-sounding double-disc Palo Santo to [...]

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Shearwater rises above the pack at Bottom of the Hill

Photos by Nicole Browner This is San Francisco — let's talk about conversions. On Saturday night, the Texas-based theatrical gloom pop of Shearwater converted absolutely everyone in Bottom of the Hill into drooling, slack-jawed holy-shit-that-guy-can-sing Shearwater devotees. On stage, lead singer and songwriter Jonathan Meiburg's shaggy blonde hair, easy smile, and glassy-smooth baritone voice contrasted perfectly with the band's startlingly urgent live show. I was sold. Pulling primarily from their 2012 LP, Animal Joy, the band played with a crisp sound and a focused scowl, allowing the album's dark atmospherics to seethe into Meiburg's theatrical singing. Throughout the set, Meiburg [...]

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Live This Month: February 2014 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #327) Download: Live This Month: February 2014 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #327) 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. If it's February, that means that it's Noise Pop season, and Noise Pop 2014 will be taking over Bay Area venues from February 25 to March 2. We'll be doing a ton of Noise Pop coverage on the site over the coming weeks and during the festival, but we've highlighted a few Noise Pop performers in this [...]

Weekend Mix: 4/22-26

Thursday: Bare Wires, The Fresh & Onlys, Blank Dogs, Cosmetics @ Eagle Tavern (9pm, $) The Fresh & Onlys - "Second One to Know" Friday: Baader Brains, Spires, Rank/Xerox, Alqaeda, Send 'em To The Cemetery @ 924 Gilman (8pm, $7) Rank/Xerox - "Muscle Dogs" Saturday: The Lambs, Jake Mann + the Upper Hand, Jen Grady, C.E. Wright @ Studio H (6pm, donations) Jake Mann + the Upper Hand - "Valdez" Sunday: Shearwater, Wye Oak, Hospital Ships @ Bottom of the Hill (9pm, $12) Shearwater - "Castaways" Monday: Growing, Eric Copeland, Death Sentence: [...]

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