This week features plenty of big name shows including Billy Joel and Ben Folds. Besides those heavy-hitters, head to the Engine Room at Ferraro's say hi to the Funs as they get back from tour and bye to Black Panties as they hit the road. The Underachievers, Shakey Graves and more also stop into town. Read about all these and more in this week's show recommendations.
The Funs Monday, April 7, 8 p.m. w/ Black Panties, Times Beach @ The Engine Room - free By Mabel Suen From this 2013 profile: The Funs were named somewhat ironically. During a turning point in their lives, living in and running a DIY show space in south city, the pair decided to channel frustrations into something positive. The resulting racket they conjured over time blasts its way out through a tower of amps, a fuzzy, buzzy wall disjointed by sharp drumming. The two rotate roles between drums and guitar, both crooning through a reverb-drenched haze, floating flawed and fraught with inescapable feelings through outer space. It's those rough edges that make the Funs' music irresistable and at it's base level, unmistakably human.
The Pack A.D. Tuesday, April 8, 8 p.m. w/ Shark Dad @ Off Broadway - $10 By Chris Bay From this 2012 interview: Residing in Vancouver, the Pack A.D. draws a stark contrast from its Canadian musical brethren. Where most exports from our northern neighbor are of the carefully manicured pop variety (cf. New Pornographers, Destroyer and Broken Social Scene) the Pack A.D. delivers brash, visceral, blues-inflected garage rock.... 2009's we kill computers and 2011's Unpersons demonstrate a clear purpose, fiercely delivered. Its songs heave and pulse with an intensity seldom captured on record or onstage.
Tinariwen Wednesday, April 9, 8 p.m. w/ The Melodic @ Old Rock House - $20 By Mabel Suen Tinariwen comes from Northwest Africa. The Grammy-winning Tuareg group, descended from nomadic people, echoes a history of lives traveling dusty dunes. The Sarahan-desert inspired music leads with electric guitar melodies in Eastern keys, backed by bass, spry hand drumming and claps. The groups' collective singing waxes sociopolitical, howled in unison over its unique brand of psychedelic worldly rock'n'roll.
The Underachievers Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m. w/ Denzel Curry, Dillon Cooper, Allen Gates @ Pop's Nightclub - $15-$22 By Tara Mahdevan Riding the high (pun-intended) off the critical acclaim from their 2013 mixtapes -- Indigoism and Lords of Flatbush -- east coast rappers AK and Issa Gold, known together as the Underachievers, are currently on tour to promote their soon-to-be released debut album, The Cellar Door. Though the duo isn't as widely known as its Pro Era associates, the group has been signed to Flying Lotus' taste-making Brainfeeder label since 2012. Like Joey Bada$$, the duo's sound resembles old school New York hip-hop, but with a psychedelic twist -- LSD and mushrooms, according to the duo, have a significant effect on the music's style.
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