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A Benefit for Kelly Malone

A Benefit for Kelly Malone

Sandwitches, Art Museums, Carletta Sue Kay, Royal Baths, Social Studies

Tue, Jun 7, 2011

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

A Benefit for Kelly Malone
A Benefit for Kelly Malone

So here’s the deal…

Kelly Malone, a founder and creative genius behind Workshop, as well as the founder of The Indie Mart, has been a staple of the DIY scene in San Francisco for the last five years. Two years ago, recognizing the city’s desire to cultivate creativity and make things again, Kelly started Workshop, an affordable DIY school. She worked aggressively to grow Workshop to a schedule of over forty classes a month. She has worked these past two years with little to no salary from Workshop, purposefully sacrificing income to keep Workshop class prices low and guarantee access to anyone whom is interested.

This past April, Kelly was diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer that had spread to non-localized areas as a result of previous battles. Originally dropped from her previous insurance because of the cancer diagnosis, Kelly has had no chance of obtaining new health insurance due to this pre-existing condition. Through this all, Kelly keeps a smile on her face and continues to give back to San Francisco, often devoting much of her own income and sweat to continue businesses that enrich the city. As a successful small business owner, designer, artist, event planner, part of the Treasure Island Music Festival & Noise Pop, Kelly has been able to keep up with medical bills through the ongoing treatments, surgeries, and chemotherapy schedules. But this latest diagnosis requires a treatment path that will exceed her financial abilities, and most likely require her to take a hiatus from her businesses. So she is now asking San Francisco for a helping hand.
Pruno,Coopo, Bobo
sounds like the Monster Mash
Art Museums
Carletta Sue Kay
Carletta Sue Kay
Carletta Sue Kay vocalist Randy Walker is blessed with a four octave vocal range, and writes songs to melt the hearts of the most cynical. “Incongruent,” (Kitten Charmer) Carletta’s debut full length was released last Spring.

Carletta Sue Kay has shared bills with the likes of: Kurt Vile, Thee Oh Sees, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Girls, The Fresh & Onlys and Kelley Stoltz. Walker can be heard on The Magnetic Field's newest record Love at the Bottom of the Sea. (Merge Records)

"I love Carletta's singing. She has an androgyny similar to Nina Simone. . . but without the bitterness."
---Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields)

Mr. Walker is more in the realm of sweaty rock 'n' roll than torch songs”
— New York Times

"Drag Queens lip synch, so don't let the wigs fool you, this is one of the best vocalists you could ever hear live, the kind of singer that doesn't even need a mic, the kind of singer that tugs at your heart strings. Great songs and a great band elevate Carletta Sue Kay to an extra-ordinary level of performance. Heart, Soul and Talent, on the grandest levels. I love Carletta Sue Kay"
— Christopher Owens (Girls)

“…Infinitely more touching than Antony.”
— Vogue Italia
Royal Baths
Royal Baths
If the Velvet Underground were to take a dark depressing trip down a rabbit hole, then they might end up sounding like Royal Baths. However, Royal Baths have risen from said hole and bring with it an aggressive edge that keeps their tunes from being anything but melancholy. Their recent offering, Litanies, came out on the New York Label Woodsist late last year and has been generating headlines. A lengthy listen is recommended, as it is one of those rare gems that stand heavily on not one song, nor two, but the complete set.

Social Studies
Social Studies
Naming their sophomore album Developer is a bold move for the still-young band Social Studies. But it is as apt a descriptor as you're likely to find for how the sound of this San Francisco-based five-piece has flourished, matured, and, yes, developed over the past two years.

The band - led by Natalia Rogovin (vocals, keys) and Michael Jirkovsky (drums), who were joined in 2009 by bassist Jesse Hudson and guitarist Tom Smith and this year by second guitarist Ben McClintock - has already won a loyal fan base thanks to their arch take on modernist pop as heard on 2010 release Wind Up Wooden Heart. Social Studies has become a force to be reckoned with in concert as well, transfixing audiences at the CMJ Music Festival, SXSW, and Noise Pop, and bringing their unique energy and spirit to stages shared with tUnE-yArDs, Wye Oak, Lotus Plaza, Thee Oh Sees, Dodos, Dungen, and Au Revoir Simone just to name a few.

Now, on their new album, the goal was to strip things down to the basics, straighten out some of the more jagged lines of their previous work, and put the focus more on texture and mood.

“Before, we were rebellious. We fucked with things just because we wanted to push limits and boundaries," says Rogovin. "Developer is a more adult record. We tried to explore sounds and draw out parts to write more moving and focused songs."

They enlisted the able ears and hands of engineer and co-producer Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, Deerhoof, Thao & Mirah) who helped hone this new barebones attack as well as reflect the excitement of their live show.

On Developer, all the pieces have come together perfectly. The clear-eyed production helps bring out the dark, sexy heart of these ruminations on life, love, pain, and pleasure. The themes of the album are as complex as the songs are streamlined.

"The album is about art, but it's also a cinematic exploration of those turning points in life that you didn't see coming and didn't realize were important until much later," says Rogovin.

Lead single Terracur calls the bluff of a headstrong friend threatening to leave in the middle of a torrid situation, while Away For the Weekend turns the tables to justify a departure: “Ever discover another that makes you feel good, you always feel right/ the notion of fleeing the corporeal being/Just run to your other life.”

In Developer, Social Studies has succeeded in evoking a set of feelings and emotions that will linger with listeners long after the last notes have faded away. Warm, cold, or downright chilling, there is a connection between the personal and universal that the band taps into through a set of fearless, powerful and gripping songs.
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