SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Wave Racer at Mezzanine 3/25 (FRI)

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Wave Racer with Basenji //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
March 25th, 2016 //

Taking his name from the Nintendo 64 game, Wave Racer (born Tom Purcell) made waves in early 2014 with his effervescent electronic sound, quickly becoming one of the most rotated artists on Australia’s Triple J and a staple for international radio stations like BBC1 and KCRW.

Despite having only been on the scene for two years, Wave Racer has already gained attention from such electronic heavyweights as Diplo, Flume, Madeon and Skrillex for his disco-house flair and aquatic remixes.

Touring with both Disclosure and Chromeo and performing at large-scale festivals like HARD Summer, Dour, Peacock Society, Falls and Mad Decent Boat Party, Wave Racer has made his way around the globe and become well-known for mixing vocal samples with synthesized trumpets and bass-guitar slaps to elevate his soothing, sunrise melodies.

With opening support from Australian electronic producer/DJ and Future Classic labelmate Basenji, Wave Racer will stop through SF this Friday to play Mezzanine as part of his fifth U.S. tour. Tickets are available for $20 at the door, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


Follow Showbams on Twitter for more contest giveaways throughout the week. Be the first to respond to our contest tweets to GO4FREE to these shows:

Hot Flash Heat Wave: March 23rd (WED) at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Kawehi: March 23rd (WED) at The Chapel
Phil Cook: March 24th (THUR) at The Chapel
Vela Eyes: March 26th (SAT) at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Yuck: March 26th (SAT) at Great American Music Hall
Cool Ghouls: March 28th (MON) at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Lissie: March 30th (WED) at Slim’s
Earthless: March 31st (THUR) at Slim’s
Birds of Chicago: April 2nd (SAT) at Great American Music Hall


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Electric Six at The Independent 3/20 (SUN)

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Electric Six with Yip Deceiver //
The Independent – San Francisco
March 20th, 2015 //

Coming from Michigan in 1996, Electric Six (aka E6) played shows early on at The Old Miami and Gold Dollar in Detroit, two local venues that also helped promulgate The White Stripes. Infused with garage, disco, punk, new wave and metal, the amalgamation of Electric Six’s sound is best summarized by their first hit single “Danger! High Voltage”.

It’s been 20 years since Dick Valentine (born Tyler Spencer) brought this group of musical hooligans together under its original moniker The Wildbunch. With 11 full-length albums under their belt and some new band members, Electric Six are no stranger to the spotlight and as their name suggests, commands a live performance worth experiencing.

Back in 2014, the six-piece launched a Kickstarter campaign, successfully raising $65,000 to produce a two-disc compilation entitled Mimicry and Memories, which was comprised of 12 covers, a collection of outtakes and live performances from the past two decades.

With opening support from their friends and collaborators Yip Deceiver, Electric Six will stop in SF this Sunday to take The Independent through a journey of garage rock/new-wave metal. Tickets are available for $18 at the door, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


Follow Showbams on Twitter for more contest giveaways throughout the week. Be the first to respond to our contest tweets to GO4FREE to these shows:

Pimps of Joytime: March 19th (SAT) at The New Parish
Poor Man’s Whiskey: March 19th (SAT) at Great American Music Hall
Hot Flash Heat Wave: March 23rd (WED) at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Kawehi: March 23rd (WED) at The Chapel
Phil Cook: March 24th (THUR) at The Chapel
Vela Eyes: March 26th (SAT) at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Yuck: March 26th (SAT) at Great American Music Hall
Cool Ghouls: March 28th (MON) at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Lissie: March 30th (WED) at Slim’s
Earthless: March 31st (THUR) at Slim’s
Birds of Chicago: April 2nd (SAT) at Great American Music Hall


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WIN TICKETS: Natural Child with Cool Ghouls at Brick & Mortar Music Hall 7/18 (FRI)

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Natural Child with Cool Ghouls, The Abigails, Midnight Sons, DJ Al Lover //
Brick & Mortar Music Hall — San Francisco
July 18th, 2014 (Friday) //

Fiery rockers Natural Child roll through Brick & Mortar on Friday — and you should be there. Now fleshed out to a five-piece, their sound is thicker with Southern rock charm than ever, as shown by their latest work Dancin’ With Wolves. These guys lay down massive grooves to keep the crowd boogieing, so it’s sure to be a solid way to spend your Friday night.

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PHOTOS: Cool Ghouls, Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel at The Chapel 5/15

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By Benjamin Wallen //

Cool Ghouls, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel with Mane //
The Chapel — San Francisco
May 15th, 2014 (Thursday) //

San Francisco’s rising rock ‘n’ roll outfit Cool Ghouls were ‘Ballin’ at The Chapel a couple weeks back for their co-headlining gig with Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel. Mane slashed away to get things going early, and Benjamin Wallen was on the scene for the snaps.

WIN TICKETS: Cool Ghouls, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel at The Chapel 5/15 (THUR)

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Cool Ghouls, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel with Mane //
The Chapel — San Francisco
May 15th, 2014 (Thursday) //

Win tickets to see the next big SF band this Thursday! A group of young ruffians, Cool Ghouls, put forth a sound akin to a glorious mix of CCR and the Beatles with a garage rock bend. The dynamic vocals and upbeat tempos make it supremely difficult to not to have fun. The band has performed all over this fair City the past two years, and they’ll be playing at First City Festival in August. You can expect their second full length later this year. Fellow Burger Records labelmates Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel will be co-headlining this magnificent affair, so lookout Thursday, here we come.

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The Fresh & Onlys lead SF surf rock showcase at Brick & Mortar for Noise Pop Fest

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NOISE POP 2014
The Fresh & Onlys with Cool Ghouls, Sandy’s, Luke Sweeney
Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco
February 26th, 2014

NoisePop Fest has begun. All over San Francisco, people scatter from venue to venue to hear sets from bands big and small. On Wednesday, February 26th, Brick and Mortar Music Hall hosted a nice array of authentically San Franciscan surf rock. With the four bands on the line up, Luke Sweeney, Sandy’s, Cool Ghouls and the headliners, The Fresh and the Onlys, the crowd stumbled in from the rain and warmed up to the retro feel of the evening.

Luke Sweeney started off the night with a nice mix of catchy pop-meets-70’s garage. With a full band and fun stage presence, they set the tone for a good time. Up next was the Sandy’s. Its hard not imagine yourself beachside watching the sun gleam off the ocean while listening to the Sandy’s. Alexi Glickman, of the Botticellis, allows his soft voice to hit with plenty of reverb over interesting melodies. The band has great stage presence and clearly enjoys playing together. They ended their set with some classic surf tunes, almost the sounds of Dick Dale, which was a perfect segue into Cool Ghouls’ set. Cool Ghouls continued the general theme of beach rock. They tend to be a more brash than that of Sandy’s. They’re deeply rooted in the sounds of the 70’s but have touches of 60’s Beatles-esque harmonies and guitar riffs. The three singers exchange duties seamlessly, adding a nice variance.

Last but not least were the Fresh and the Onlys. It was a later show, but the crowd did not seem to mind the wait. Lead singer, Tim Cohen, strangely reminiscent of Danny McBride in his humor, cracked jokes between songs. As expected the band gave a great set, playing popular singles like “Waterfall” early on and mixing in newer songs throughout. The locally beloved band declared, “We are San Francisco, or we were San Francisco, or San Francisco was us.” The crowd seemed to eat up the commentary on the general culture shift happening around them in the City. It was perfectly appropriate for this show, for a band imbedded in SF music and part of an independent-minded Bay Area music festival.

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WIN TICKETS: The Fresh & Onlys at Brick & Mortar 2/26

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The Fresh & Onlys with Cool Ghouls, Sandy’s, Luke Sweeney, presented by Noise Pop
Brick & Mortar Music Hall — San Francisco
February 26th, 2014

Early this week, San Francisco’s own The Fresh & Onlys will hit the stage for their Noise Pop headlining show at the Brick and Mortar for what is sure to be an evening of slacker-influenced garage rock. As the landscape of rock in San Francisco has changed a bit over the last year, F&O still chug along with their take on the popular genre. Singer, Tim Cohen, always seems to be a pretty busy guy as he works on his other project, Magic Trickm(who just played the Chapel in the past week or so). Another San Francisco act, Sandy’s, will support as they bring their play on poppified surf-rock. What better way to ease to into Noise Pop 2014 then with this local showcase.

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SF locals Cool Ghouls add horn section at Phono del Sol

Cool-Ghouls By Nikki DeMartini //

Phono del Sol Music Festival //
Potrero del Sol Park – San Francisco
July 13th, 2013 //

This past Saturday was a picture-perfect day to catch some rays, see local bands and grub on fare from food trucks at the third annual Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival. The festivities started at noon, and by the time Bay Area natives Cool Ghouls hit The Potrero Stage at 12:50 p.m. a small, yet-good sized crowd had gathered to catch their act. Though most people who went to watch Cool Ghouls enjoyed the set from afar atop one of the grassy knolls in Phono del Sol Park, a handful of fans got right up front where the sound quality was way better.

Coll Ghouls’ usual four-piece ensemble had an additional three-piece horn section, and after all the guys got situated, bassist Pat Thomas, lead guitarist Ryan Wong and Pat McDonald each said hello to the crowd before opening with the track most likely to be found on a summertime playlist, “Natural Life”.

The guys of Cool Ghouls are young and they look it, which is sort of surprising since their sound in is undeniably retro with a modern surf-rock twist. Within the first three songs of their set, Thomas, McDonald and Wong each took over lead vocals while their sweet harmonies highlighted every song.

Cool Ghouls filled the afternoon air with seven cool tracks off their self-titled debut EP, including “Grace” and “Queen Sophie”, in their own youthful retro fashion. Their performance paired perfectly with the unseasonably warm SF weather while their laid-back, inviting vibe created that sought-after feel festivalgoers appreciate at the beginning of a long day of music. Well played, Cool Ghouls.

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Nikki de Martini spoke with Pat Thomas, bassist and singer for Cool Ghouls before their Phono del Sol set.


Showbams: I understand that the name Cool Ghouls is derived from George Clinton’s funky banter. Can you elaborate on why you chose the name Cool Ghouls and what the name means to you collectively as a band?

Thomas: Well, Pat McDonald came up with the idea. I dunno. We thought it had a nice ring to it. It rhymes. It’s ghastly. I like ghosts. I wrote a song called “Ghost Song”.

Showbams: Do you consider yourselves ghouls? Do you consider yourselves cool?

Thomas: Yes and yes.

Showbams: Are you fans of George Clinton? His music? Fashion sense? What he stands for?

Thomas: I don’t have a lot of George Clinton knowledge really. I like the whole far-out vibe that Parliament had/has. Maggot Brain is a killer album. On every road trip “Can You Get to That” gets bumped at least once.

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Showbams: Congratulations on releasing your self-titled debut EP this past April. Some reviews that I’ve come across consider your sound as rather retro circa a 60’s psychedelic sound. I personally picked up on a throwback to old-school surf-rock with a modern twist. How would you say you perceive the sound of Cool Ghouls and why?

Thomas: Well, it’s pretty much impossible to imagine what other people’s ears are gonna hear when your music hits them. We just play the kind of music we’ve always played. When I’m writing or playing a Cool Ghouls song, I’m not thinking within a framework like “garage” or “60’s.” I’m just trying to channel the sounds and vibes in my brain. Certainly 60’s-type shit finds its way into what I do because all that shit is somewhere in there, in my brain. Especially with bass, Motown subconsciously finds its way into my fingers.

Showbams: I dig the cover artwork on the LP — it looks part hand-drawn/painted with a some photography up in there…who’s the artist who did the work?

Thomas: Thanks! I did the cover art myself! Yeah, it’s a canvas that I painted with watercolors. Then I taped all the other images on top. They’re all found pieces, except the rooster, which I painted. Oh, and the picture of us up in the clouds was taken by my friend Matt at one of our shows.

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Showbams: Did all three of you grow up in San Francisco? If so what area of SF, and how did you meet each other?

Thomas: Well, there are four of us. None of us grew up in SF. Both Pats and Ryan grew up in Benicia, which is in the East Bay, about 40 minutes outside the city. Alex is from Sacramento. We met Alex through SF State. The other Pat, Ryan and Alex all went to SF State.

Showbams: Were your parents hippies?

Thomas: Definitely not! My parents were born about 15 years too late to be a part of the proper baby-boomer hippy generation. They went to college in the 80’s and were into Reagan. Suburban family folk. I don’t think any of our parents were what you’d call hippies. Pat McDonald’s dad probably comes the closest. He fought in Vietnam. But I don’t think he was a long-hair or anything. He had and has a passion for rock ‘n’ roll, though.

Showbams: Do you consider yourself hippies?

Thomas: I don’t think so. Although I could imagine someone might look at us and call us hippies. I like the Grateful Dead. But no, I wouldn’t call myself a hippie. I don’t really use the word “hippie” at all actually.

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Showbams: What is your favorite album of 2013 so far?

Thomas: Finding the Meaning in Deference by The Mallard!

Showbams: How stoked, on a scale from 1 -10, are you guys to be on a bill with the likes of YACHT, Thee Oh Sees, K-Flay and a bunch of other independent local acts at the 3rd Annual Phono del Sol Music Festival this Saturday? Is this the first music festival Cool Ghouls has played?

Thomas: 10! Just to play a festival of this caliber … is definitely a first for us. Totally stoked. We will have a lot of family and friends there.

Showbams: If you could play with one band/artist who would it be?

Thomas: Can I choose four? Wyatt Blair, Meat Market, Corners and Froth. And if I could play with them at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, it would be a dream come true!