TONIGHT: Kata Rokkar Presents Snob Theater @ The Dark Room

In places you should probably be news, tonight local Blog Kata Rokkar will presenting the second round of their series Snob Theater. Hosted by Kata Rokkar's Shawn Robbins, at The Dark Room in the Mission (9:30 Doors), this months line up features acoustic sets by Stomacher and Judgement Day, as well as comedians Red Scott, Melanie O'Brien, Alex Koll, and DJ Real. For more information check out Kata Rokkar's blog post. Tickets can be purchased here.


-Ada Lann


The Deli SF's Weekend Highlights For 6/24-6/27

Summer is officially upon us, and for it's first weekend here are a few shows you may well want to attend.

With a lot of this weekends action centering itself around the Rickshaw, start off by heading down there this Thursday the 24th for Man/Miracle, Mist and Mast, and Radar Brothers, 8pm.

Friday will see a double CD release party, again at the Rickshaw, with Minipop and The Trophy Fire celebrating their latest releases alongside Chasing Kings, 8:30pm.

A relatively light weekend this time around, finish off down at Bottom of the Hill on Sunday with a thoroughly packed line-up featuring Ty Segall, Grass Widow, Sonny & The Sunsets, and The Baths, 8pm.

Otherwise, let's hope to see some summer weather a head (especially for Pavement's reunion tour stop in Oakland on Friday... I think i just heard the Mission squeal in unison).


-Ada Lann


Silian Rail pre-order two-fer at Parks and Records

Bay Area record label Parks and Records is throwing in an extra bonus to pre-orders of the new album from Silian Rail [above]. Anyone who orders the instrumental duo's latest release, Parhelion, can choose between getting a Shuteye Unison self titled CD or a Carcrashlander self titled CD for free - all for the very reasonable price of $8.

Parhelion is filled with the kind of adventurous [yet, melodic] instrumental wandering that has become the signature sound of guitarist Robin L. and multi-instumentalist Erick K. Together they manage to make songs that feel like a narrative; tenuously shifting enough without overindulging in an avant-garde sonic masturbation of sorts [which is sometimes my least favorite part about instrumental bands]. If you close your eyes you can almost see a short film unfolding.

The offer ends June 30th and as a bonus to your conscious and the earth, a portion of all sales at Parks and Records go to statewide and national non-profit park organizations.

Preview snippets of Parhelion below:

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-Nicole Leigh


Birds and Batteries

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Up To No Good
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<p><a href="http://www.myspace.com/birdsbatteries">Birds &amp; Batteries&rsquo;</a> <em>Up To No Good</em> is a complex blend of creepy and dance-y.</p> <p>Hard to categorize throughout, Michael Sempert&rsquo;s disaffected and sliding vocals hold this 2009 EP together through five eclectic tracks that bring ominous bass together with psychedelic guitar, creepy keyboard chimes, and distorted whistles. They only break from the task of making the listener feel like he&rsquo;s lost in the dark by occasionally turning on their dance party floor lights.</p> <p>This EP is intricate, and lends itself to multiple listening sessions. &ldquo;The Villain&rdquo; starts you off feeling alone and confused, with plenty of well-placed synth noise to bolster the freaky guitars and dark lyrics. The excellent harmonies are the lightest part of the song, with the backup voices sounding downright cheery compared to the lead vocalist&rsquo;s slow drawl. The eerie theme developed in this first track sticks around for most of <em>Up To No Good</em>. Though the short &ldquo;Lonely Guns&rdquo; elevates the tone into something more upbeat in preparation for the jaunty third track, &ldquo;Out in the Woods,&rdquo; you still hear plenty of those whistling keyboard runs in both tracks (complete with a sudden tempo change or two) to keep you tripping out about the whole experience. There&rsquo;s even judicious use of that slide whistle sound that makes me think I&rsquo;ve spotted a UFO, X-Files style.</p> <p>You know the sound I&rsquo;m talking about.</p> <p>&ldquo;Lightning (UTNC Version)&rdquo; is their get-up-and-dance track, switching the beat over to a drum machine (or just a well-emulated drum machine feel) that occasionally drops out to leave the vocalist and keyboard on their own. Once I&rsquo;m reminded to be freaked out, they turn the beat back on. This track is great but it is a partial break from the resonating feel of the rest of the EP. It&rsquo;s their dark synth-pop moment punctuating the EP&rsquo;s crescendo before they drop it back down for the final track. If <em>Up To No Good</em> was longer than 20 minutes (and I truly wish it was) I&rsquo;d expect one or two more songs in this vein, and as it is I&rsquo;m left wanting more.</p> <p>Concluding with &ldquo;Sneaky Times,&rdquo; they finish up with some compelling vocals that alternately stretch out and rush through the lyrics in between really phenomenal bass lines, bringing us back down from &ldquo;Lightning&rdquo; into a slower groove. This is a great final track on a great EP, a good mixture of a funky feel with the unhinged hollowness that I came to expect by the end <em>Up To No Good</em>.</p> <p>Birds &amp; Batteries never commit themselves completely to any particular genre here, but still end up with a bizarrely cohesive feel that you should definitely experience for yourself. For the San Franciscan with a vehicle, they&rsquo;ll be playing in Davis on April 10th. I on the other hand, will eagerly wait for a San Francisco show date to materialize.</p> <p>-<em>Kyle Wheat </em></p> <p>Editors Note: Birds and Batteries <em>Up To No Good</em> can be purchased digitally at <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/up-to-no-good/id332396253">iTunes</a>. For a hard copy contact Birds and Batteries <a href="http://www.birdsandbatteries.com/music/">here</a>.</p>

My First Earthquake "Neon for You" Video

In an effort to bring a little levity to these final (seemingly endless) workweek hours, the Deli SF would like to share with you this wonderfully silly fan-made video for a song off of My First Earthquake's latest EP Crush (available for free here). Hopefully you've already got yourself a copy, and made it out to their release show last night, but if not enjoy a taste of Crush below (as well as the shocking special effects a little over a minute in... yikes!) with this video for the song "Neon for You".


-Ada Lann