The Deli SF's Weekend Highlights For 6/16-6/20

Another week upon us as we trundle into the summer, and there are quite few shows ahead that surely would go to waste without your ears and attendance.

For some dark and brooding Joy Division-esque drone-rock head up to Kimo's on Wednesday the 16th where The Sharing Type, newcomers to the San Francisco music scene, will be playing their first show with Portland's brilliantly colored Pink Noise and Spiro Agnew, 9pm.

Thursday at the Rickshaw, get your best nerd-rock on with the forever bubbly My First Earthquake, who will be celebrating the release of their latest EP, with The Downer Party, and The Attachments, 8pm.  Should you desire, acquire yourself a FREE copy of My First Earthquake's EP Crush here.

Close out your working week by loosing yourself Friday night in the swirling psyche sounds of the remarkably named LSD and The Search for God at the Hemlock.  They will be playing with The Meek and Fuxa, 9pm.

Lastly on Sunday, head back over to the Rickshaw to have your noise centers stimulated by Weekend who will be sharing the stage with New York's thunderously loud A Place to Bury Strangers and Light Pollution, 7:30pm.

That about covers it for this week.  Enjoy your weekend, and if you still have some energy on Monday, Brian Jonestown Massacre will be playing at The Filmore.

-Ada Lann


TONIGHT: The Deli SF presents The Dashing Suns, Tokyo Raid and Meta at the Hemlock!

It's Wednesday and work blows.  What better way to stick it to the "man" (...man) then to go see some of that rocking and rolling music?  Well just for you, and the mid-week blues, the Deli SF has put together a wonderful show tonight, 9pm, at the Hemlock.  Come join us for the awesome sounds of The Dashing Suns, Tokyo Raid, and Meta.  You have no excuse!


-Ada Lann


Grand Lake, Casper and the Cookies, Aquaserge @ The Rickshaw 4/29/10

Who still wants to write about a show that happened a month ago? This guy.

I'd heard locals Grand Lake were popular around these parts, and so I was surprised when there wasn't more than 15 people at the Rickshaw Stop on that distant memory of a Thursday evening. It was a real shame, because they put on an amazing show opening for Casper and the Cookies and Aquasurge. Grand Lake's performance was a crazy trip through an array of emotions, twirling the small audience from happy up-beat rock to anxious, swelling spaces of lyrical honesty.

Equally comfortable doling out dark, pulsing beats and minimalist bass lines (with long stretches of anticipation between excellent vocals) or exploding with sweet, hopeful alt-rock, Grand Lake is a wild ride. The entire act was very well put together; energetic throughout, with an ultimately optimistic vibe and enthusiastic drumming that would have excited a larger audience into bouncy dancing. Grand Lake really stole the show for me, and I wholeheartedly recommend them.

Casper and the Cookies came up next featuring Jason NeSmith (formerly of Of Montreal) sporting a mustard yellow jacket that matched the mustard yellow bass guitar that kept switching hands. Casper's talented 3-singer harmonies and relentless pop-rock dance-beat drumming actually did get some people moving by the very end of their set, a testament to the hyperactive fun pouring from their stage. Continuing the high-energy trend set by Grand Lake, Casper and the Cookies were impressive and downright jolly.

Last we had Aquaserge, who were interesting but a little bland. They were trying pretty hard to trip the audience out, with five yelping vocalists, sharp, dissonant keys, and driving drums under inflating guitar narratives. Their music was trying to put me ill-at-ease, with occasionally flat singing and repetitive, swelling noise, coming at any given time from the bassist, the drummer, or the keyboards. They succeeded in creating an interesting sound-scape, but failed at being particularly compelling for me. When I'm given an ocean of sound, I tend to fall asleep on my inner-tube, no matter how deep and mysterious the water is.

Here's to a more regular schedule -- I'm almost positive I have three and a half readers, and I'm sure they were worried about me. I'm touched, honestly.


-Kyle Wheat


The Deli SF's Weekend Highlights For 6/10-6/13

Of course tomorrow you should find yourself at the show we've put together at the Hemlock, and while that is a quality show there are still others worth checking out this weekend.

On Thursday the 10th (((folkYEAH!))) will be presenting Sleepy Sun, celebrating their CD Fever's release, at the Great American Music Hall with The Fresh and Onlys and Moon Duo, 9pm.

Head up the Haight to Milk on Friday for a night of shoegaze and post-punk with Here Come the Saviours and their good friends Everything Gone Green and 2;Frail, 9pm.

Round out your weekend by heading to the Independent on Sunday where the Young Prisms will be opening up for Real Estate and All Saints Day (feat. members of Vivian Girls, Cat Power and Delta 72), 8pm.

Don't forget to check out our latest Deli SF Presents show at the Hemlock tomorrow (featuring The Dashing Suns, Tokyo Raid, and Meta) and, if you haven't already done so, go vote!


-Ada Lann


This Week! The Deli SF presents The Dashing Suns, Tokyo Raid and Meta at the Hemlock!

This Wednesday! The Deli SF proudly presents The Dashing Suns, Tokyo Raid and Meta at the Hemlock! Come rock wih us and dance way the mid-week bluuughs. Wednesday, June 9th at 9pm $7. Do it!