Written by Brett Ruffenach //
As one of the fastest-rising producers in the world, Clams Casino (born Michael Volpe) has made a name for himself by combining familiar hip-hop rhythms with a unique, ominous sound. With its atmospheric synth and vocal distortions, his groundbreaking EP Rainforest released in 2011 quickly set Clams Casino apart from other crossover producers. Tracks like “Treetop” and “Waterfalls”, for example, best demonstrate his remarkable ability to meld arrangements that use vocal melodies as more of a side dish than the main course.
Over the past couple of years, Clams Casino has continued to hone his style through a trilogy of mixtapes titled Instrumentals, Instrumentals 2 and Instrumentals 3. In July, he released his first official LP 32 Levels, featuring a guest list of up-and-coming producers, hip-hop emcees like Vince Staples and Lil B, and singers such as Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring and alt-J’s Joe Newman. With bangers (“All Nite”) in addition to brooding, melancholy tracks (“Blast”, “Skull”), Clams Casino’s productions have evolved into a style that cannot be ignored.
Touring in support of 32 Levels, Clams Casino will take the stage in SF at Mezzanine this Thursday with “special guests” billed to join him. Maybe Lil B (aka “The BasedGod”) will grace us with his presence, too?
No matter who joins Volpe, this is not a show to sleep on. Tickets are available for $20-23, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.
Contest ends this Thursday at 3 p.m.
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• Travis Hayes: September 15th (THUR) @ The Independent
• Junior Toots: September 15th (THUR) @ Slim’s
• Kimock with special guests: September 16th (FRI) @ Great American Music Hall
• Brainfeeder Afterparty: September 16th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom
• John Doe & Exene Cervenka: September 17th (SAT) @ Slim’s
• St. Motel: September 17th (SAT) @ Great American Music Hall
• Goapele: September 17th (SAT) @ Mezzanine
• Entrance: September 17th (SAT) @ Swedish American Hall
• Porches: September 18th (SUN) @ The Independent
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