Date: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Start Time: 8:00 PM
Event Type: Concerts, Special Events
Last Updated: July 06, 2012
French CassettesBonnie and the Bang BangO PresidenteFrench CassettesBetween these four musicians, French Cassettes' individual craving for what music should feel like creates a unique melting pot of inevitable head bobs and a curiosity of what the next trackwill sound like.Bonnie and the Bang BangBonnie & the BANG BANG is a force you soon won't be able to ignore. They are a breath of fresh air in a sea of musical derivatives. With simple song structures, cutting lyrics, rich bluegrass textures and grooving rhythms, their sound is cleverly pop, a fresh take on the folk aesthetic.Their live show is formidable. The music sweeps in like the cold waters of a slow flood. The tension rises and soon you find yourself up to your neck in the rhythm. Tom Baugh is the glue. His piano and synth leads rip through the warm fabric of guitar, banjo and mandolin played deftly by Jake Dineen. Joe Warren is a rhythm section onto himself. With deep, sometimes effected acoustic guitar, a kick drum and a high hat, Warren's double duty in Bonnie is an impressive feat. You won't be able to keep from swaying from side to side and bouncing on the balls of your feet. The experience is exponentially better when you know the words and can sing along.The lyrics are subtle and thoughtful. Patrick James Stiles can build on an image or an emotion, arresting the listener's attention and leading them through the corridors of a haunting dream. His narratives are gripping, and although his darker themes are sometimes explicit, the melody is always catchy. You might find yourself humming some of his lyrics the next day.O PresidenteNative to the Bay Area, O Presidente has since made a name for itself on college campuses all over the East Coast. (All members of the band attend Wesleyan University, the launching pad for such acts as MGMT, Santigold, and Das Racist). Inspired by 60s psychedelic pop and contemporary San Francisco bands, O Presidente is making its Bay Area debut this summer.
Location: The Hotel Utah Saloon
Address: 500 4th Street, San Francisco
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