Live 105 Show Preview: Abbot Kinney, Panic is Perfect, Dangermaker, & Vacances

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Looking to catch a night of indie rock super groups from the Bay Area? Then look no further than Next Saturday August 20th’s line up at The Great American Music Hall featuring Abbot Kinney, Panic Is Perfect, Dangermaker, & Vacances. All these artists are going to rock the house but one in particular stood out as an up and coming Bay Area band making waves around the scene.

Abbot Kinney has come a long way since moving from LA to San Francisco. They have grown into their own sound and matured as a group into a indie rock power house filled with raw lyrics and a powerful sound. The evolution has taken some soul searching from lead singer and creative driving force behind the band, Jared Swanson, but it has been amazing to see him and the other members (amazing musicians and creatives in their own rights) become a cohesive unit. Each member brings a unique sound that is a culmination of the other projects they are in.

Abbot Kinney functions almost like a super group of local indie musicians with Jared Swanson as their leader. Tony Bednar (Drums) plays in another band called Crashing Hotels (Dark Electronic Rock). Carmen Caruso (Keyboard/Bass/Vocals) also leads Capybara (Psychedelic Rock). Dakota Salazar is the guitarist for several different acts around the bay from Lords of Sealand (Prog/ Indie Rock) to Capybara (Psychedelic Rock). It is the eclectic backgrounds, influences, and interests that gives Abbot Kinney a unique soul and helps flesh out the creative vision that Jared Swanson (Vocals/ Keys/Bass) is exploring through his music.

If you would like to check out Abbot Kinney’s newest release you can listen to The Night below on sound cloud and make sure to check them out live at Great American Music Hall Saturday August 20th. The doors open at 8 PM and the show starts at 8:30 PM. 

I promise you will not be disappointed.

Calendar Info:

Panic is Perfect, Dangermaker, Abbot Kinney, & Vacances

Date: 8/20/2016

Time: Doors 8 PM / Music 8:30

Location: Great American Music Hall (859 O’Farrell Street,  San Francisco,  CA 94109 US)

Tickets: $15

Buy Tickets Here 

See you all there!

Listen to Abbot Kinney’s latest release The Night:

 

BFD 2015 … can it get any better?

I almost didn’t make it to BFD this year … but my friends from Curious Quail hooked it up BIG TIME. Now I owe them a life debt!

My face was literally blown off, my ears were melting, and my cheeks hurt from smiling. This years BFD by Live 105, was possibly my favorite concert this year. The lineup was ridiculous I can’t possibly imagine anything more exciting than what I saw in the 12 hours I was at Shoreline amphitheater.

I saw: Curious Quail, Waters, Dangermaker, Picture Atlantic, Panic is Perfect, The Family Crest, The Limousines, K.Flay, Robert DeLong, and more!

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Also shot outs to Aaron Axelsen for a great DJ set at BFD and for everything you do on your radio show Soundcheck.

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Show Photos: Panic Is Perfect and The Mutineers at The Elbo Room 05.27.14

Panic Is Perfect

Bio: Incorporating afro – pop rhythms, retro synthesized sounds with well crafted song writing and pseudo-spiritual lyrical sensibilities Panic is Perfect has created their own brand of quirky eclectic indie dance pop.

Jeremy Belzer and Mike Hoffman officially started the group as an acoustic duo while traveling in south India together in the spring of 2010. Since then the San Francisco based group has evolved into the 5-piece band it is today.

The Mutineers

Bio: Life’s too short to play it safe,” declare The Mutineers in unison on their new song “Ace.” Frontman and songwriter Brian Mathusek is not waiting around for things to get better. “Let’s hit the road before it gets too late.” Like many members of the Santa Barbara-based quartet, he has roamed from East to West and most places in-between. Along the way, he has gathered stories of hope and fear, love and loss. Songs like “California” recall his younger years, struggling to make ends meet in a new town. In other early tunes, like “End of the World,” he questions faith: “I want to know whose religion wins, and what counts as sin.” Throughout Mathusek’s writing there has always been an openness and honesty that seems to come straight from the heart—there are no gimmicks. Such is the case in the latest eight-song release from The Mutineers, entitled, From the Dirge to the Dance.

The entire album displays more texture and virtuosity than any of the band’s previous EP’s. Along with longtime friends Michael Astudillo on acoustic guitar, Merry Young on drums and recent addition Terry Luna on stand-up bass, Mathusek and his fellow Mutineers have been stirring up a fierce blend of folksy “pub rock” marked by sweet-and-sour storytelling, mug-swinging melodies and foot-stomping beats. As a trio, their first EP, Tidal Wave (2008), was well received with radio play on several stations in California. It wasn’t long before they began to share stages with such artists as Langhorne Slim, The Devil Makes Three, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and The Tallest Man on Earth. Their second EP, titled Nihilisteria (2009), was a more dynamic exploration of their evolving sound, reminiscent of bands like X, The B-52s, The Pogues, and The Velvet Underground.

Working with Tucker Bodine at Playback Recording Studio in Santa Barbara, the band set out to record a new album that would reflect the energy and emotion of their live performances. Instrumentally, each song was recorded live and in one complete take. Then the lead vocal tracks were laid down by Mathusek with all back-up harmonies performed together as a group. The result shows a new side of The Mutineers. Mathusek belts out anthems with punk-rock intensity, then slips smoothly into a sad melody. With the addition of Luna’s stand-up bass, both the electric and acoustic guitars have found space to be more elaborate, intricate, and interwoven. The melodic bass riffs maintain a powerful heartbeat with the kick drum throughout the album while Young lays down beats that are both aggressive and sensitive. Lyrically, songs like “Hell No” and “Give It a Rest” stir passion and optimism, diverting from some of the cynicism of earlier recordings. Twin ballads “The Dirge” and “The Waltz” frame the aptly-titled album nicely with a sense of nostalgia and a longing for permanence during our short, but sweet, moments on Earth. Overall, From the Dirge to the Dance explores a full spectrum of life’s peaks and pitfalls, inspiring the pursuit of dreams while reveling in the spirit of rebellion that defines The Mutineers.