SF Popfest 2011: The Black Ryder, Blackbird Blackbird, White Arrows, Wolf Feet @ Rickshaw Stop, 5/25/11

SF Popfest kicked off last Wednesday with a diverse night of winning acts. After Wolf Feet started the evening with a set of sunglasses-equipped party rock (including a "Blister in the Sun" cover), White Arrows delivered a performance that marked the LA group as one to watch. The six piece's more tropical moments called to mind the layered melodies of The Ruby Suns, while its more straightforward synth-assisted psych pop was equally welcome. A cover of "I'm on Fire" -- by the way, has that become one of the go-to songs to rework? -- mixed it up, displaying a deft [...]

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