Tonight! Live performances by Carletta Sue Kay and Hey Young Believer; Interview with A B & The Sea

24 09 2009

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Carletta Sue Kay
Live Performance!
Carletta Sue Kay are equal parts Dolly Parton, Joanna Newsome and Emmylou Harris, coupled with the song writing styles of Stephin Merrit and Cole Porter. The music gravitates toward the sadder side of life, lamenting much, regretting more. Minimalist arrangements for piano, cello, guitar and bass accentuate the solemn, at times morbid, themes of life and death. If you enjoy a song or two about suicide, delusion, and/or extremely wet kissers, Carletta is your girl!


Hey Young Believer
Hey Young Believer is a three-piece analog/digital indie rock band from SF. We use piano, guitar, synths, programmed loops and live drums to blast out energetic tunes.  We will play anywhere, preferably in SF, but you should ask.  We give away lots of free downloads and stickers.  We sell posters and CD’s, both online and at live shows. What a fun band! Hey Young Believer got started when Lilly and Alex met at Stanford in spring of 2006. Nick joined that winter.  Alex launches midi sequences using a foot controller hooked to a laptop.  Lilly plays a midi keyboard through Reason on a Mac.  Nick is a good drummer.


A B & The Sea
Koley O’Brien, Joseph Spargur, and Zachary Pingel sparing enough change to get by, piled their lives away in an old blue Astro van and charted their map for destination, California. Now, we’ve all heard this story before. Band moves to California and makes it big or goes home. But these small town Wisconsin boys share a different dream. 2009 has already set the tone for the year of change, and these boys are stepping up to plate and swinging away. Combining the basics of old school rock, like that of The Beach Boys and The Beatles, with the intricacies of the modern day indie scene such as the Shins and Death Cab for Cutie, comes A, B & the Sea. Now, for all those who laugh and cackle at the dream of a life on the road I think you’d be surprised. These boys are messing with the bull by the horns and throwing their red flag high to the bay’s windy skies. You can hear their voices some nights on the downtown streets of San Francisco singing for rent money. Their compassion for life drives them to work hard for their happiness. But we need your support. I think it was put best by “V” in the movie “V for Vendetta” when he said, “A revolution without dancing, is a revolution not worth having”. Let us dance together through these times of drought and bring on the revolution. Because the truth is, together, we are all, “The Underdog”.

Tonight on Baghdad by the Bay! Busty Cops, Dan Weir and Grand Lake

17 09 2009

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Busty Cops
The Busty Cops were, and are once again, a local San Francisco acoustic comedy duo. Comprised of Jason King and Mike Pletcher, also known as Dog Boy, the band has just returned to the U.S. after a an unintended but very prosperous five years stint in Japan, to sign with Dick House Records. The Busty Cops and Dick House Records, sounds like a match made in heaven. Or jail. Combining elements of folk, punk, some singer-songwriter action and sloppy spoonful of raunch, they’ve lay claim to their own niche of rock and roll and drummed up a dedicated following in the process. But now, the prodigal band has returned, and it’s down to business.
Dan Weir
Dan Weir is a songwriter hailing from West Chester, the garden spot of Chester County, PA. He is one of six boys and has a twin. Dan did his book learning in Pittsburgh, then moved to San Francisco. He lives there still with his lovely wife and their antic sons, Ross and Chandler.He writes and records with the powerpop/Americana outfit Town & Country, whose debut “My Blue Heaven” is available on iTunes, Amazon, etc. He also helms the studio project, Orphan Town.

Grand Lake
Grand Lake is a bay area Art-Rock trio featuring Jameson Swanagon (guitar, loop station), John Pomeroy (Drums, Glockenspiel), and Caleb Nichols (bass, vocals). Descriptors such as ‘minimalist’, ‘dreamy’, and ‘atmospheric’ have been used to describe Grand Lake in the past.

Tonight! Interview with Mark Growden

10 09 2009

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Mark Growden

Mark Growden is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, visual artist, and educator based in San Francisco, CA. He has toured the U.S. for years performing at venues such as the Fillmore and Great American Music Hall in S.F. and Tonic and The Knitting Factory in New York, and released several critically acclaimed albums.