Finch and Ginger present Home of the Slave: A Benefit for SF's Victims of Human Trafficking
Release The Sunbird
Tue, January 24, 2012
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pmThe Independent
$18 GA - $35 VIP / $55 BEERS W/THE BAND
Tickets Available at the Door
This event is 21 and over
Benefit Concert for Freedom House; a shelter for survivors of slavery and human trafficking, and Solace SF; providing all-inclusive care for Sex Workers within San Francisco, in coordination with The City of San Francisco’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month, January 2012 and SFCAHT.
Barcelona, a Seattle/Bay Area-based indie band, whose debut album Absolutes, featuring Please Don't Go (on the soundtrack of Water for Elephants) and Falling Out of Trees (as heard on Grey's Anatomy) was re-released in 2009 by Universal Records. They are currently finishing up their highly anticipated follow up album with a release date in the Spring of 2012!
Release The Sunbird
When Rogue Wave’s Zach Rogue boarded a plane for Bloomington, Indiana in the summer of 2010, he wasn’t even sure he should be going. Following years on the road with his band, Rogue Wave, Rogue was itching to do something different, but wasn’t sure what. On a whim, he booked time at a studio called Russian Recording, run by his friend Mike Bridavsky in Bloomington, and bought himself a plane ticket. Bringing a couple acoustic guitars with him, as well as the fragments of a few not-anywhere-near-finished songs, Rogue knew he was moving forward without any real sense of what he was moving forward towards.
The result of these sessions turned out to be some of the most remarkable music Rogue has made to date. He titled the project Release The Sunbird, and released his first album under that moniker – entitled Come Back to Us– on Brushfire Records on July 26th, 2011.
Release The Sunbird is a side project, but it’s not. Release The Sunbird is a solo project, but it’s not. Slapping a label on it to make it easy to categorize is tempting, but is ultimately doing a disservice to the incredible record Rogue has made. Come Back to Us is glowing from the inside out, the edges of the songs blurring in hazy focus, lifted by beautiful harmonies, meditative phrase repetition and lilting melodies. These songs are not the sort of cast-off melancholia or ambient electronic experiments in which other artists indulge when they’ve escaped from their band for a moment. Come Back to Us is sun-kissed, joyful and simply one of the most lovely albums you will hear this year.
But let’s take it a step back for a second – the time leading up to Rogue’s trip to Bloomington had helped to establish him as one of independent music’s most reliable musical voices. His records with his band Rogue Wave were critically acclaimed, allowing them to tour with the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Jack Johnson, Spoon, Nada Surf, The Shins and more. Their albums – two of which were released on Sub Pop, two of which were released on Jack Johnson’s very own Brushfire Records – saw their songs scattered across the film and television worlds, appearing in Napoleon Dynamite, Heroes, Weeds, Nip/Tuck and more. Following a lengthy touring cycle for Rogue Wave’s most recent album, Permalight, Rogue simply wasn’t sure where he wanted to go next, until he decided Bloomington would be it with no plan, not very many songs and a great deal of hope.
The sense of possibility that accompanied Rogue into the recording process is evident on Come Back to Us, the recording of which ultimately became a community effort amongst the many musicians in Bloomington, IN. Drummer Pete Shreiner, bassist/vocalist Kenny Childers and vocalist Kate Long helped to bring out new sides of Rogue as a songwriter and vocalist, infusing his voice with a familiar intimacy. With lyrics that explore the vagaries of love, loss, memory, and the deceptive simplicity of hope, Rogue’s new songs are presented with an essential quality, as if every captured sound is ultimately serving the song. Sometimes these sounds are string squeaks, bent notes, or a breath here and there, and often it is the sound of the room itself, a space full of friends playing together. Whether bolstered by warm organ hums on opener “It’s All Around You” or lingering in the sparse spaces of “A New You,”whether simmering in the tension of “Paper Allies”or the delicate lightness of “Always Like the Son,”Come Back to Us is a re-introduction to an artist whose musical voice you thought you already knew.
In the tradition of artists like Lee Hazelwood, Emitt Rhodes, Levon Helm and more, Rogue has made a record that’s engaging for its fluidity and openness. This might be the best kind of musical departure a successful songwriter can hope for: a new showcase for talents he might not have known he had in the first place.
An iconic band can come from the unlikeliest of places and from the scorched fields of Turlock, central California, comes Evaline – a young 6 piece band who play their unrivalled rock songs using layered sounds and swooning vocals. Think Radiohead and add in a helping of Jane's Addiction.
Add to that an explosive live show that is intense, mesmerizing and unforgettable from start to finish.
Evaline are Richard J Perry, (Vocals, Cello and keys) Dominic DiCiano (Guitar), Steven Pedersen (Bass), Christian Lewis (Guitar) and the Petersen brothers Greg (drums) and Dan (guitar).
Fresh out of school, some of their earliest recordings found their way to The Used's Quinn Allman who produced the EP: Postpartum Modesty, A Portrait of Skin - released on Maverick/Warners in 2006. This was followed shortly after by two Warped Tours and a Taste of Chaos tour, which very quickly attracted a loyal fan base in USA.
After living a little it was back to more writing, and with the addition of Dan Petersen to the lineup on baritone and slide guitar, the band now have a stack of vital new songs. Their debut album, was recorded in the UK late 2009 with Dan Austin (Doves, Cherry Ghost, QOTSA , People in Planes), will bring their thundering guitars and unique melodies to many more.
Thurlow is comprised of husband and wife duo, Jacqueline Caruso and Augustus Green. This couple began honing their musical skills together five years ago on the East Coast, but are now based in the burgeoning LA neighborhood of Highland Park, where theyʼve joined forces to create their own brand of lo-fi indie pop with a DIY aesthetic.
Thurlow are currently in the midst of preparing for the Spring 2011 release of their debut Spokes EP, a collection of warm melodic indie pop confections showcasing a breadth of influences ranging from The Beatles, Portishead, and Broadcast to their life long love affairs with blues and jazz. Effortlessly blending strains of pop and electro beats, along with divergent vocal harmonies, Thurlow generate a layered and textured sonic soundscape with uniquely structured songs, while still maintaining the pop sensibilities they know stand the test of time. This combined with a songbook of tracks musing on the trials of love and life gives their sound a heartfelt and personal quality.
Their varying backgrounds unite to aid the development of their distinct sound; with Jacquelineʼs roots in classical piano and musical theater, which she studied at American University, contrasting Augustusʼ lifelong exploration of electronic music, synthesis, sound design and music production.
The hallmark of Spokes is "The Hour Glass," a standout track, highlighting their ability to meld the duoʼs vocals against the backdrops of sweetly looped beats, resulting in an intricately crafted pop gem.
Having shared the stage with the likes of The Heligoats, The Sweet Hurt and Birdlips, Thurlow are about to embark on their first tour in March in support of Spokes.