SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Wye Oak at Great American Music Hall 7/15 (FRI)

Wye OakWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

Wye Oak with Tuskha //
Great American Music Hall – San Francisco
July 15th, 2016 //

Just a year ago, I was at Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle, hanging out at the main stage on an unlikely sunny afternoon. Joining an impressive lineup of artists — including Jamie xx, Father John Misty and Toro y Moi — for a relatively small music festival, Wye Oak took the stage and demonstrated a unique sound. Between the masterful guitar and vocals of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stuck’s simultaneous drumming and synthesizer work, the duo put on a captivating set that certainly won more than a couple new fans (myself included) that day.

Wye Oak have successfully carved their own path in the world of indie rock. The Baltimore duo have made a name for themselves with their increasingly ambitious studio efforts, from their 2011 breakthrough LP Civilian to their critically acclaimed 2014 record Shriek. With each record, their sound has matured more in form as they add new elements of vocal distortions, synthesizers and syncopated guitar melodies.

Though a standard strategy for mainstream artists like Beyoncé and Adele, Wye Oak dropped their new record Tween by surprise just a month ago. It is a tightly-knit, 10-track album that expands on the production style of Shriek and continues to demonstrate Wye Oak’s ambition as a band, an ambition that’s best captured in the swelling vocals and distortions of “Trigger Finger” and dragging guitar chord progressions guiding “Too Right”.

In a non-stop stream of indie-rock acts coming through SF, Wye Oak is a truly different kind of indie-rock band that is not to be missed live. This Friday, they will be taking the stage at the Great American Music Hall with support from Bowerbirds member Phil Moore’s electropop project Tuskha. Tickets are available for $23, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.

Wye Oak - Great American Music Hall

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The English Beat: July 15th (FRI) @ The Independent
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Ozomatli: July 15th (FRI) or July 16th (SAT) @ The New Parish
La Gente: July 16th (SAT) @ Great American Music Hall


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WIN TICKETS: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart with Fear of Men 5/6 (TUE)


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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart with Fear of Men, Ablebody //
The Independent — San Francisco
March 6, 2014 (Tuesday) //

Known for a sound that melds indie & pop sensibilities, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart thrive strongest when their music transcends into noise/shoegaze territory. What else do you need to know to be interested in checking out this New York-based group perform live? Will previewing much of their forthcoming record, Days of Abandon, a full week before the album is unleashed May 13th put it over the top? Well it should, as the two released cuts “Simple & Sure” and “Eurydice” promise a solid album (listen below).

Add in Fear of Men as a supporting act to make this outing a proper ‘two-for’. Fear of Men just released their excellent debut LP, Loom, which flits between dire philosophical observations and listless melancholia, riding melodies so carefree that anguished sentiments come off more like lazy sighs. Also plan on getting to the Indy early for Ablebody this Tuesday.

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